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Tharu in Nepal

Tharu

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,629,000 Tharu, Kathariya Hinduism 3.41 % Unknown No No   

Tharu in Nepal

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Summary
The Tharu have lived quiet, simple lives for four centuries. They are a gentle people. They make almost everything they use themselves, with a touch of art in everything. They have their own gods and follow a Bharra (shaman). Besides the Bharra, who treats their diseases, the village headman, bhalamansa, and the Desi-Mahajan - an Indian moneylender - are important people within the village. They are becoming more aware of outside issues and fireside chat in the evenings is becoming more outward focused, reflecting changes in their culture.

Ministry Obstacles
The Tharu speak several languages, and are spread over a wide area of Nepal.

Outreach Ideas
Ask the Lord to raise up and send out a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses from among the Tharu people. The Lord is rapidly building his church in Nepal.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are a few Christians among the Tharu community. Pray they will become true disciples, moving beyond mere cultural identification with Christ. Pray for the gift of conviction of sin, and for zealous hearts to really know and follow Christ.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the gentle Tharu people to be protected from those who would take advantage of them. Pray they will be able to care adequately for their families.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-23
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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:1,629,000
Largest Provinces:
Seti (303,000)Bheri (291,000)
Lumbini (237,000)Narayani (200,000)
Rapti (155,000)Kosi (143,000)
Sagarmatha (117,000)Mahakali (109,000)
Janakpur (34,000)Bagmati (25,000)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tharu
People Name General: Tharu
Alternate People Names:
KathoriyaKathoriya Tharu
MahatosMahatu
Tharu Ranaथारू
ROP3 Code: 110011
Joshua Project People ID: 15464
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,629,000
Population all Countries: 2,137,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Tharu
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Tharu, Kathariya (1,497,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tkt    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (178,000)Tharu, Madhya Ksetriya (32,000)
Bhojpuri (24,000)Maithili (4,900)
Dotyali (2,000)Sonha (600)
Rawat (500)Bantawa (200)
Musasa (90)Chamling (80)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 12
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.72 % 
Christianity3.41 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism95.67 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.19 % 
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: 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 (GRN)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Tharu)
 
 
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Tharu in Nepal

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