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Raji in Nepal

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,300 Raji Hinduism 2.38 % Unknown No No   

Raji in Nepal

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Introduction / History
Raji people are also called "Banrawats," "Ben-Manus" and "cave dwellers." They are a scheduled tribe meaning that they are underprivileged.

What are their lives like?
Most Raji people live in the interior forest regions. They work as gatherers, collecting honey from bee- hives, fishing, hunting. Raji people enjoy eating wild fruits and tree roots. They also make and sell farming tools. They grow their grains, hunt and fish. Women have a respected position among Raji people. They do not marry within their group, and there are no child marriages. The oldest man is the leader of the family.

What are their beliefs?
They worship Hindu gods, and they worship nature. They worship to please, and to be blessed by their gods. Raji people celebrate Hindu festivals and their own rituals.

What are their needs?
The most desperate need of Raji people is to know their Creator, whose creation they worship, and who paid the penalty for their sins. There are no printed Bible resources in the Raji diminishing language of this people group, however there are some audio resources. Who will take them to this needy community of Hindu believers?

Prayer Points
Pray for Holy Spirit-sent workers to go the the Raji people. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will be satisfied only by Jesus. Pray for their leaders to have dreams and visions of the risen Christ. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among them.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:48 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:5,300
Largest Provinces:
Bheri (2,400)Seti (2,300)
Narayani (200)Mechi (100)
Mahakali (100)Gandaki (80)
Bagmati (60)Rapti (40)
Kosi (20)Lumbini (20)
Location in Country:Surkhet and Bardiya districts, Bheri Zone, and Kailali District in Seti Zone.
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Raji
People Name General: Raji
Alternate People Names:
Ban ManushBan Raja
Ban RajiBan Rawat
ROP3 Code: 108272
Joshua Project People ID: 14514
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,300
Population all Countries: 7,700
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Raji
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Raji (3,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rji    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (700)Bhojpuri (200)
Dotyali (70)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism2.57 % 
Christianity2.38 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism95.05 % 
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
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Raji in Nepal

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    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Raji Nepal    
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