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Hayu in Nepal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,400 Wayu Hinduism 0.33 % Unknown No No   

Hayu in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The Hayu are a tribal people group on the verge of extinction.

Where are they located?
The Hayu people live only in the Udayapur district of Nepal.

What are their lives like?
News articles written in 2018 and 2019 describe the Hayu people of Nepal as "marginalized" or nearly "extinct." They have decreased in numbers because they didn't intermarry with other communities. Traditionally they had two subgroups that only married from the other group, but this is becoming far more difficult. Today they are marrying outside their community, but in the process, they are losing their own culture and language.

What are their beliefs?
The Hayu people are animistic. Animism is the belief system or worldview that non-human entities (animals, plants, inanimate objects) possess a spiritual essence or soul. Animism encompasses the belief that there is no separation between the spiritual and physical world and that spirits exist not only in physical objects but also in phenomena such as thunder, wind and shadows.

What are their needs?
The Hayu people need to put their sense of worth in Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Universe rather than their position in society. To God, they have tremendous worth!

Prayer Points
Pray for a chain reaction of Hayu families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Hayu society as all believers learn to love others.
Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Hayu people like yeast changes dough.


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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:3,400
Largest Provinces:
Janakpur (3,000)Bagmati (100)
Sagarmatha (100)Mechi (100)
Gandaki (30)Kosi (10)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Hayu
People Name General: Hayu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112214
Joshua Project People ID: 16916
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,400
Population all Countries: 3,400
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Hayu
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Wayu (1,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): vay    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (1,500)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism19.45 % 
Christianity0.33 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism78.48 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small1.74 % 
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]
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Hayu in Nepal

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Hayu Nepal    
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