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Yakha in Bhutan

Yakha

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Yakha in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
One source says, "There are a few of them scattered in all the districts of Sikkim. Their natural environment is hilly terrain, moderately cold, humid, and without snowfall."
The Yakha language is one that fascinates scholars. It appears to be related to Rai and Limbu, yet it has features that are distinctive from both.

Where are they located?
According to one study, "The Yakha are a tribal group of almost 26,000 people living in nearly 600 villages throughout the mountains of eastern Nepal. They are found throughout the Koshi Zone but are primarily just south of the city of Chainpur." Yakha communities are spread across the Tehrathum, Sankuwasawa and Dhankuta districts within Koshi Zone. From one end of their territory in Nepal to the other is a distance of approximately 80 kilometers (49 miles). Other sources list between 8,000 and 10,000 speakers of the Yakha language in Nepal.

A migrant community of Yakha has moved to north-east India. Approximately 4,900 live in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal and 960 in Sikkim. Only about 200 live in Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
Life in Bhutan is filled with difficulties for anyone who wants to farm. Grain does not grow well in this high mountainous climate, and it's hard to keep livestock healthy.

What are their beliefs?
There are conflicting reports regarding the religious beliefs of the Yakha people. One source says, "They are traditionally animists, but have adopted many of the Hindu customs and beliefs." Another states, "Most identify themselves as Buddhists. A few have embraced Hindu customs and beliefs because of their exposure to Nepalese and Indian culture." Buddhist influence is strongest among the Yakha in the Sankhwasawa District, but it is more diluted the further south they are found.

Not only are the different accounts of the Yakha's religion confusing, but also a great variety of opinion exists on the status of Christianity among them. One source claims, "Many Yakhas have heard the name of Jesus, and received Christian literature, but have not yet understood the message of the cross and Christianity. There are about 750 believers scattered throughout Yakha villages, which is about 3 per cent of the total Yakha population."

A second report gives a less enthusiastic appraisal of the gospel among this group. "Christianity is considered a low-caste or foreign religion. As a result, many Yakha are very anti-Christian and would excommunicate from their communities any who become Christian." This kind of threatened separation from the tribe is a formidable barrier to most in the Yakha culture.

One key to reaching the Yakha with the gospel, however, may be their desire and deep respect for traits such as honesty and kindness. Believers who have opportunities to live Christ-filled lives before the Yakha may be able to gain their respect and point them to the Author of Life. Among the Yakha in India, some have recently become Christianized. They are those who know the least about their language, culture and ethnic feelings.

What are their needs?
Yakha people need help growing abundant crops and raising healthy livestock in a hostile climate. They also need the change to find and embrace Jesus Christ, the savior of all nations, including the Yakhas.

Prayer Points
* Pray for agricultural experts to help the Yakhas with their agricultural needs.
* Pray that even in remote Bhutan, the Yakha people will be able to find and embrace the savior.
* Pray that soon there will be a disciple making movement among Yakha people in Nepal and Bhutan.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15957/IN
https://books.google.com/books?id=OzEOKNPsv2EC&pg=PA349&lpg=PA349&dq=Yakha+people&source=bl&ots=u-d-qhAPMx&sig=cJ8hTpBQXKNSEbtJJ4iHQIv1aTI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj79IitypHWAhXnq1QKHZ3oCj4Q6AEIUTAG#v=onepage&q=Yakha%20people&f=false
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Yakha-People/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakkha

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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:33 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:200
Largest Provinces:
Western (200)
Total Provinces on file:1
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Yakha
People Name General: Yakha
Alternate People Names:
DewanDewansala
KakkaLhorong
PhagaPhhaga
RoiYakhhaba Sala
YakkaYakkha
Yakkhaba CeaYakthomba
यखा
ROP3 Code: 110935
Joshua Project People ID: 15957
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 200
Population all Countries: 29,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Other
People Name General: Yakha
Ethnic Code: MSY50z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Nepali
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Yakkha (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism90.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism10.00 % 
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:
1821-2010Audio
Complete Bible: 1914-2004
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 MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Yakha in Bhutan

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