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Newah in Bhutan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,600 Nepali Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Newah in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
The Newah, better known as the Newar, is a prestigious community found mainly in Nepal. They are the historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. They were farmers and traders at a time when there was peace and stability in this region, resulting in greater prosperity for this community. Stability allowed Newar people to develop art, architecture, and culture in their region.

Where are they located?
Most Newar people live in Nepal, but there are sizable populations in both India and Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
Many girls dream of becoming a princess. Among Newar group members in India, Nepal and Bhutan, some girls become goddesses! Every 13 years they choose a newborn girl to be the incarnation of the goddess Hindu Kumari. Once chosen, she will live in a temple where she will be worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists. When she reaches puberty, however, another newborn girl will replace her.

Parents arrange marriages for their children through a mediator. They are careful to make sure their children marry well; the Newar people have high status, which can be jeopardized by a "wrong" marriage.

What are their beliefs?
All members of the same family worship the same deity. Though the Newar people are considered Hindu in other parts of South Asia, most are Buddhist in Bhutan, a Buddhist country. In actuality, their religion is a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism.

What are their needs?
Although there are about 1,000 Newar believers in Jesus, there is much work to be done before this group can be considered adequately reached with the gospel.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Newar will avail themselves of the Bible, and that God will call and equip people and agencies to evangelize them.
* Pray that God will embolden Newar believers to witness to their neighbors.
* Pray also for Spirit-led prayer teams to undergird these efforts with prayer.
* Pray for a powerful move of the Holy Spirit among the Newar people in Bhutan that will result in many being discipled in His ways.


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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:43 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:3,600
Largest Provinces:
Western (3,200)Eastern (300)
Central (90)Southern (30)
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People Name in Country: Newah
People Name General: Newah
Alternate People Names:
MewarNepal Bhasa
ROP3 Code: 107217
Joshua Project People ID: 13322
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 3,600
Population all Countries: 1,455,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Newah
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nepali
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Newar (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism64.69 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism35.31 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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:
Complete Bible: 1914-2012
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (Global Recordings ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (Faith Comes By Hea ...
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 / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoNew Way (Naya Goreto)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralGospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
GeneralGospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file fro ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: नेपाली - Nepali
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Nepali)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Newah in Bhutan

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Newah Bhutan    
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