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Lunia (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

Lunia (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
81,000 Maithili Hinduism 0.03 % Unknown   

Lunia (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The name Lunia comes from Lun or Nun meaning "moist," and is the name for sea salt. Hindu society classes Lunia people as the lowest of the four caste blocks.

Where are they located?
They live in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and a small number are in West Bengal where they are classed as a low caste community. A smaller number live either in Bangladesh or Nepal.

What are their lives like?
Lunia people farm, build roads and railways, do various construction work, and dig wells. Many are farmers on small plots of land that they own. A select few work in government as political leaders, and in private occupations.

Lunias marry only among their sub-caste or subgroup. They accept both adult and child marriages. The bridegroom goes to the home of his bride, marries her, and they live in the home of his parents. Usually marriages are arranged by negotiation. They permit divorce and re-marriage.

When the father dies, the oldest son becomes leader of the family. Sons and daughters inherit and equal amount of the property of their parents. The widowed mother receives some income if she does not marry again.

Men make the final decisions, though they consider the opinions of women. Lunia women do housework, collect firewood, and participate in rituals, social and religious matters.

What are their beliefs?
Lunia people are Hindus, worshiping many gods and goddesses. They also worship their ancestors and celebrate Hindu festivals. Brahmin priests perform their birth, marriage and death rituals.

What are their needs?
Written, audio, and visual Scripture resources exist in their main languages. Lunia people need primarily audio and visual resources since their literacy level is below national average.

They need to understand that the gods they worship cannot give them eternal life, nor can they correct their sin problems.

Prayer Points
Pray that doors will open wide to the use of the JESUS Film and that much fruit will abound including house churches.
Pray for a major mobilization of prayer worldwide for the Lunia people.
Pray for entire clans and extended Lunia families to embrace the Savior and begin house churches.
Pray for the Lunia people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:81,000
Largest Provinces:
Narayani (34,000)Janakpur (32,000)
Kosi (9,500)Mechi (1,400)
Sagarmatha (600)Bagmati (400)
Gandaki (200)Seti (200)
Lumbini (200)Bheri (100)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Lunia (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Lunia (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Jhumaria ParmerKharwat
ROP3 Code: 112789
Joshua Project People ID: 17391
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 81,000
Population all Countries: 3,921,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Lunia (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Maithili (48,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mai    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (20,000)Nepali (500)
Angika (500)Hindi (200)
Awadhi (200)Magahi (80)
Dotyali (60)
Total Languages: 8
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.06 % 
Christianity0.03 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.87 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.04 % 
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: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Maithili
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Maithili
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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