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Rai in Nepal

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
601,000 Nepali Other / Small 5.57 % Unknown   

Rai in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The small independent nation of Nepal is located along the southern slopes of the Himalayas, between India and Tibet. It is home to nearly 300 communities, each one with its own cultural distinctions. The country is primarily agricultural, and most of the population is dependent upon farming for survival. Unfortunately, it is still poor and undeveloped.

The Chamlinge Rai belong to a cluster of people known as the Rai, the largest ethnic group in eastern Nepal. Each of the Rai groups speaks a different dialect and has its own religious beliefs. Their languages have transformed from the original language to a mixture of local dialects, from which most take their names.

Although their facial features are clearly Mongoloid, the Chamlinge claim no relation to the Mongolian race. They believe that they are descendants of the goddesses Marema, Mahadeva, and Nina, (daughter of the earth).

What are their lives like?
The Chamlinge Rai are primarily rice farmers. Unfortunately, they have been limited by insufficient knowledge of technology, causing a poor yield in crops. They farm rice in the low-lying areas, and raise potatoes, maize, wheat, and barley at higher altitudes. The men are responsible for plowing the fields, while the women take care of planting the seeds. Families often unite to help each other at harvest time. Farmers trade any surplus crops they may have for needed items such as kerosene and salt. Others supplement their meager incomes through craftwork and tailoring.

The Chamlinge Rai typically live in stone or wooden houses made with thatched roofs. The houses usually have wooden porches around the outside.

Collectively, the Rai are known as very courageous, daring, and fearless people. In recent history, they have won worldwide respect for their bravery in the Royal Nepalese Army. Joining the army is often a way out of enduring economic hardship. It also brings respect and honor, especially for those of high military rank.

Among the Rai, weddings are very festive occasions. Some marriages are facilitated by kongpi, or middlemen, who work out the details of the marriage. Gifts are presented to the families; and if accepted, a marriage date will be set. Other marriages are facilitated by the "arranged kidnapping" of the girl of one's choice. Many believe that this method brings about good results.

At the wedding, gifts are given to the parents of the bride and groom, as well as to a long line of family members and village elders. The sacrifice of an animal, usually a pig or rooster, may also be performed at this time. Meat and drinks are served in abundance. One favorite beverage is made from barley and potatoes. Often the whole night is spent in singing and celebration.

What are their beliefs?
The majority of Nepal's population (including the royal family) is Hindu. However, Hinduism and Buddhism exist side by side and are somewhat intermingled.

While the majority of Chamlinge Rai are Hindus, there are also a large number of animists (believe that non-human objects have spirits). In addition, they have been heavily influenced by Buddhism. This mixture has created a wide variety of gods and worship practices among them. These customs are most evident during such events as births, marriages, and deaths. The influence of Hinduism has led to many of the dead now being cremated instead of being buried.

What are their needs?
Nepal has long been hidden away and forgotten by much of the world. The government of Nepal is opposed to any form of proselytizing; and so government restrictions apply, but most of the time Christians can follow their religion. There are more problems from family members than from the government.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to call out prayer teams to go and break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that the Lord of the harvest will raise up long-term laborers to live and work among the Rai.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to complete the work begun in the hearts of the few Chamlinge believers through adequate discipleship.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of Nepal's governmental leaders to the Gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a holy Church among the Chamlinge Rai for the glory of His name!

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-07-20
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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:32 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:601,000
Largest Provinces:
Kosi (202,000)Sagarmatha (165,000)
Mechi (136,000)Bagmati (68,000)
Narayani (16,000)Janakpur (6,000)
Gandaki (3,900)Lumbini (2,200)
Bheri (800)Seti (700)
Total Provinces on file:14
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Rai
People Name General: Rai
Alternate People Names:
JimdarKhambu
Kirat-RaiMajhi Kirant
Manjh-Kirantराई
ROP3 Code: 113409
Joshua Project People ID: 17925
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 601,000
Population all Countries: 730,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Nepali-Pahari
People Name General: Rai
Ethnic Code: CNN25k
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Nepali (260,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marathi: Rai (156,000)Chamling (50,000)
Bantawa (50,000)Sampang (16,000)
Thulung (10,000)Khaling (9,400)
Dumi (7,300)Wambule (7,200)
Puma (6,500)Dungmali (5,600)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 54
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity5.57 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism24.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small69.08 % 
Unknown1.35 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
 
 
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
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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 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoUntil We Met (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: नेपाली - Nepali
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Rai in Nepal

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