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Mugal in Nepal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Mugal in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The Mugali take their name from the village in which they live, called "Mugu." Mugu is located in the western portion of the Himalayan mountains of Nepal.

In appearance, the Mugali strongly resemble the Tibetans. They are tall and healthy, with a fair complexion and straight black hair. They speak their own language which is similar to Tibetan. Most of the Mugali men also speak Nepali, the official language of the country.

While most of the Nepali are farmers, the land is undeveloped and the country as a whole is poor. However, the Mugali are one of the wealthier ethnic Tibetan groups in Nepal.

Katmandu, Nepal's capital city, attracts visitors because of its many picturesque temples. Such temples are characteristic of Buddhist art and architecture. More and more, hikers and mountain climbers are using Katmandu as a major base for expeditions to Mount Everest.

What are their lives like?
The Mugali earn their living in different ways depending on where they live. Because farmable land is in short supply in the mountain areas, the Mugali living there do little agricultural work. Most make their living by trading, weaving, or raishing livestock. In the main bazaars there are a number of wealthy Mugali.

The Mugali homes are quite unique. Because they settle in mountainous areas, they build their three-storied houses out of wood and stone. The flat roofs are made of wood, then covered with a mud mixture. Each story consists of a single room with no windows. There is a door on each floor and there are small holes in the walls for ventilation.

The ground floor, called the goth, is where the livestock are kept. The next level, or chhipra, contains their store of grain and salt. The upper floor, or koga, is used as a living room and kitchen. A notched ladder provides access between floors.

Mugali families are large. In the past, parents arranged marriages for their children at age 5 or 6. The ceremony would take place when the children grew to be 15 or 16 years old. Young people would have no choice about whom they would marry. Today, however, this practice seems to be in a transition stage.

Lhosar is the main festival of the Mugali, and it is celebrated twice a year. At the end of December, they celebrate the aunsi, or "dark moon." A second lhosar festival is held again at the end of February. These festivals are times of singing and dancing. While dancing, the married males wear white turbans, and the married females wear a particular type of golden ornament.

What are their beliefs?
Although Nepal is the only official Hindu state in the world, the Mugali are Buddhists. Buddhists believe that life consists of suffering caused by the desire for existence. They also believe that in following "The Eightfold Path," they can alleviate suffering and achieve enlightenment.

Most of the Mugali village priests are also farmers, unlike the typical monks who serve in other Buddhist sects. They worship a god named Chamdendae, which is a four-legged creature holding a flower and a prayer rosary.

What are their needs?
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.

The Mugali are one of the most isolated people groups in the world, both geographically and spiritually.

The Mugali have had no chance to hear the wonderful news that Jesus Christ came to set them free. Who is willing to take the Gospel to them?

Prayer Points
* Pray that the doors of Nepal will soon open to missionaries.
* Pray for those Christians who have spent time in jail in Nepal for the Gospel, and have suffered for the name of Jesus.
* Ask the Lord to open the hearts of Nepal's leaders to the Truth so that they will change the laws that restrict the preaching of the Gospel.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Nepal and share Christ with the Mugali.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Mugali towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a strong local church among the Mugali.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-08-11
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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:32 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:300
Largest Provinces:
Gandaki (200)Bagmati (100)
Location in Country:Originally from Mugu Village. Most now live in Gamgadhi, Mugu’s neighboring district Jumla, and in Kathmandu.
(Source: Field worker)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Mugal
People Name General: Mugal
Alternate People Names:
Mugali TamangMugu
ROP3 Code: 106861
Joshua Project People ID: 13854
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 300
Population all Countries: 300
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Mugal
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nepali (200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Mugom (100)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism77.56 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism9.62 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown12.82 % 
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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 (GRN)
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)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoUntil We Met
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: नेपाली - Nepali
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Nepali)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Mugal in Nepal

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    South Asia Buddhist     Asia, South    
      Mugal Nepal    
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