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Bahra Gaunle in Nepal

Bahra Gaunle

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
400 Nepali Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bahra Gaunle in Nepal

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Identity
A linguistic source in 1990 estimated a population of '1,600 to 2,200 or more' Baragaunle people living in north-central Nepal. One researcher records that they inhabit 18 villages 'above the Thak Khola River and to the south of Lo Manthang in Mustang District'. More specifically, there are 650 Baragaunle people in Kagbeni village, 530 to 1,140 in Jharkot, and 400 in Purang village—all places located 'in the Kali Gandaki Valley and on the hillsides north of Jomson up to Kagbeni, and east to Muktinath; on the plains and along the river' and within the Mustang District of the Dhawalagiri Zone in Nepal. The name Baragaun means 'twelve villages', and for a long time the people from this tribe occupied that many communities. They have now grown to occupy 18 villages, but they are still called Baragaunle.

Customs
Oddly, despite the remote location of their area, the Baragaunle people see many foreigners because they are based along the famous Annapurna trek. Since it opened to foreigners in 1977, it has become the most popular trek in Nepal. Mt Annapurna is one of the highest mountains on earth at 8,090 metres (26,535 ft.). One guidebook notes, 'If you have time, it's worth making the side trip to the mediaeval-looking village of Kagbeni at 2,810 metres [9,217 ft.]. This very Tibetan influenced settlement is as close as you can get to Lo Manthang, the capital of the legendary kingdom of Mustang further to the north, without paying a $700 permit fee. The trail climbs through a desert landscape then past meadows and streams to the interesting village of Jharkot at 3,500 metres [11,480 feet].'

The classification of the Baragaunle is problematic, even though they have been acknowledged by the government as one of the 61 tribes in Nepal (under the name Bahra Gaunle). Except for their language and history, the Baragaunle 'resemble Lobas in facial features, language and clothes. They also build their homes in the style of the Lobas of Lo Manthang.'

Until the 1980s, the Baragaunle provided a large number of bondservants to their rich Thakali neighbours. 'It was said that Purang alone, a village of 100 houses, had 35 men and women working as bond servants to a single rich Thakali household in Tukche. Almost every household in the villages of Baragaun had to supply an adult member of the family to its Thakali money lending masters.'

Religion
All Baragaunle people profess Tibetan Buddhism as their religion, although there are also many influences from the Bon religion, which pre-dates Buddhism. The Baragaunle area contains the famous Buddhist temple of Muktinath, which is popularly known as Chhume Gyatsa throughout the Tibetan-speaking world.

Christianity
Very little gospel witness had ever gone out in this remote part of Nepal until recent years, when the more relaxed political situation has allowed various Christian ministries to operate freely. Although approximately a third of the Baragaunle people have now heard the gospel through literature and evangelists, most are unable to grasp the message. So far, no known Baragaunle people have believed in Jesus Christ.

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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:400
Largest Provinces:
Dhaulagiri (300)Gandaki (90)
Total Provinces on file:2
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bahra Gaunle
People Name General: Bahra Gaunle
Alternate People Names:
BaragaonBaragaun
BaragaunleBhoti Gurung
MustangPanchgaun
Panchgaunieबहरा गौणले
ROP3 Code: 101034
Joshua Project People ID: 19392
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 400
Population all Countries: 400
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: South Himalaya
People Name General: Bahra Gaunle
Ethnic Code: MSY50#
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Language
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Primary Language: Nepali (400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism98.89 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small1.11 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1850-1961
New Testament:
1821-2010Audio
Complete Bible: 1914-2004
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsNepali Bible stories
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoNew Way - Naya Goreto (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoUntil We Met (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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