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Magar in Nepal

Magar

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,822,000 Nepali Hinduism 1.20 % Unknown   

Magar in Nepal

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Introduction / History
Nepal is a small nation located along the southern part of the Himalayas, between India and China. It is home to approximately 400 ethnic groups who speak many different languages and have a wide variety of religious beliefs. Recently, Nepal has been transformed from a monarchy into a parliamentary form of government.

The Magar are one of the oldest known tribes in Nepal; however, their origin is unclear. They are believed to be of Tibetan descent because their language and dances are similar to those within the Tibetan culture. Some of the Magar live in the plains where the Himalayan hills begin. Others occupy the lower hills of the Mahabharat Lekh while a few inhabit the high altitude mountain areas.

There are two major groups of Magar (the Eastern and Western) and which are further divided into a number of clans. The Magar language, which is divided into four groups, gives the people a distinct tribal identity. This linguistic classification is important in understanding the Magar tribes.

What are their lives like?
Most Magar are craftsmen, although some who own their land have become farmers. Others work as miners, blacksmiths, or basket weavers. They tend to be simple minded, hard-working, honest, self-reliant, and self-sufficient people. They are very jovial and love to sing and dance. They have several kinds of dances as well as tribal games that they frequently play.

The Eastern Magar typically live in large, two-story stone houses with slate or thatch roofs. The homes are often constructed with large porches in front.

The Eastern Magar have a unique style of dress. Most often, they wear loin cloths and bhotos (shirts with sleeves), or shirts and coats. The women also wear loin cloths called dhotis. They often adorn themselves with fulis (flower-like ear ornaments) in the middle parts of their ears and necklaces made of glass beads and silver Indian coins. Some aspects of western style clothing are slowly becoming more common.

Magar marriages are arranged in a unique fashion. The groom's brother-in-law must go to the bride's family and offer a "bride price" of money and alcohol. If the proposal is accepted, further payments are then made. Marriages to maternal first cousins are the most common arrangements.

The most distinctive element in the Magar family kinship is the strong bond between maternal uncles and their nephews. They treat each other with mutual respect because when the nephew is ready to marry, his bride will be chosen from among his uncle's daughters.

"Life cycle rituals" are a very important part of Magar society. A special birth ceremony is held eleven days after a child is born. The baby is named and then washed for the first time. One festival known as Jyestha Poornima is observed in May or June at the time of the full moon. During the ceremony, freshly harvested grains are offered to the gods.

What are their beliefs?
The great majority of the Eastern Magar practice ethnic religions, while the minority are practicing Hindus. Like other Magar groups, Hinduism has greatly influenced the Eastern Magar. Many now worship the three major Hindu gods: Brahma (creator of the universe), Vishnu (protector and preserver of the worlds), and Shiva (the destroyer), as well as a host of other deities.

What are their needs?
The New Testament has been translated into the Eastern Magar language. However, the government of Nepal fiercely opposes any form of evangelism. Penalties against Christians sharing their faith have been harsh. Many believers have spent long periods of time in prison. Perhaps this explains why there are only a few known Eastern Magar believers.

Nepal has long been hidden away and forgotten by most of the world. The government of Nepal is opposed to any form of proselytizing; and so government restrictions apply, but most of the time Christians can follow their religion. There are more problems from family members than from the government.

Intercession is the key to breaking down the strongholds over these tribes and seeing them reached with the Light of the glorious Gospel.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Lord of the harvest will thrust forth laborers into Nepal.
* Ask God to give the few Eastern Magar believers opportunities to share the Gospel with their own people.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will open the hearts of Nepal's governmental leaders to the Gospel.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Eastern Magar.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-18
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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,822,000
Largest Provinces:
Lumbini (441,000)Rapti (321,000)
Gandaki (219,000)Bagmati (149,000)
Bheri (141,000)Dhaulagiri (133,000)
Janakpur (105,000)Sagarmatha (84,000)
Kosi (70,000)Narayani (61,000)
Total Provinces on file:14
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Magar
People Name General: Magar
Alternate People Names:
Bara MangarEastern Magar
GurkhaMagari
MangarMangari
ThamiThapa
मगर
ROP3 Code: 102848
Joshua Project People ID: 11698
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,822,000
Population all Countries: 2,160,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: South Himalaya
People Name General: Magar
Ethnic Code: MSY50n
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Language
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Primary Language: Nepali (1,035,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Magar, Eastern (513,000)Magar, Western (275,000)
Bhojpuri (18,000)Dotyali (15,000)
Kham, Western Parbate (13,000)Maithili (4,300)
Kham, Sheshi (3,400)Bantawa (2,200)
Jerung (1,700)Kham, Gamale (1,600)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 26
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism20.39 % 
Christianity1.20 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism78.14 % 
Islam0.01 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.26 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
 
 
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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 Gospel Go
 
 
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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