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Khambu in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
372,000 Bengali Hinduism 4.23 % Unknown   

Khambu in India

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Introduction / History
Traditionally the Khambu people (aka, Rai) were nature worshippers. They worshipped objects of nature such as trees, rivers, and animals, but they also worshipped their ancestors. Later Hinduism was forced upon them by outsiders.

The Khambu people live in three countries. Most are either in India or Nepal and a small number live in Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
Living in a mountainous part of the world, the Khambu people are isolated from the rest of the world. Farming is necessary, but it is very difficult. Like the peoples around them, the Khambu people in India depend on their livestock for milk and meat.

What are their beliefs?
Today the Khambu people in India are mainly Hindu, though those in Buddhist Bhutan include Buddhist elements in their worship.

What are their needs?
The Khambu people need help making more than a bare-bones living in their mountainous homeland. Better schools would help.

Prayer Points
Pray for spiritual openness and a desire for relationship with a holy, righteous God.

Pray for the opportunity to hear of the finished work of Christ in Khambu communities.

Pray that despite their remote mountainous location that believers will take them the gospel and many will be willing to be discipled in the ways of Jesus Christ.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:372,000
Largest States:
West Bengal (272,000)Sikkim (96,000)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (600)Meghalaya (400)
Delhi (200)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Khambu
People Name General: Khambu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112497
Joshua Project People ID: 17148
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 372,000
Population all Countries: 374,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Khambu
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Bengali (181,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (91,000)Hindi (61,000)
Assamese (400)Kharia (200)
Kurux (200)Mundari (100)
Santhali (80)
Total Languages: 8
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism3.21 % 
Christianity4.23 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism92.38 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.18 % 
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: 1800-1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1809-2022
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Khambu in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Khambu India    
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