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Thakali in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,600 Nepali Hinduism 3.03 % Unknown   

Thakali in India

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Introduction / History
The Thakali people dominated the salt trade of western Nepal and northeast India for hundreds of years. They would deliver their salt to India, Nepal and Tibet. This made them one of the wealthier groups in northeast India. Today, the Thakali have had to get other jobs. Illiteracy is an issue for the Thakali especially for their women.

The two primary languages of the Thakali are Nepali and their own langue of Thakali. A complete Nepali Bible became available in 2004.

Where are they located?
The Thakali people live in Assam and Sikkim, states in northeastern India, and in Nepal.

What are their lives like?
Inexpensive, factory-scale production of salt has led to many Thakali to seek other types of employment. Many have entered the agriculture and animal husbandry business. They grow wheat, maize, vegetables, lentils, and fruit. Chickens provide eggs and meat. Goats and sheep provide meat, hides, wool, and milk.

The Thakali young men have an unusual way of getting a bride. Thakali men traditionally obtain their brides by abducting a girl when she is gathering wood in the forest or fetching water from a stream. She is taken back to the boy's home for several days, after which notification is sent to the girl's parents, bidding them to agree to the marriage.

What are their beliefs?
The vast majority of Indian Thakali would call themselves Hindus. Their Hinduism is strongly influenced by Buddhism and animism. They Thakali believe that spirits inhabit the objects of nature such as rocks, rivers, trees, and the sky. These spirits must be appeased by offerings and prayers or they can bring calamities upon the community.

What are their needs?
The Thakali would benefit by learning to new job skills and access modern medicine. Solar panels can provide electricity for cell phones and appliances. The Thakali need good secondary schools to educate their children. Most of all, the Thakali must see that their Hinduism will not get them right with the one, true God. Jesus alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.

Prayer Points
Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Thakali people.
Pray for a movement of Thakali households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Thakali people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Thakali people.


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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:1,600
Largest States:
Assam (1,100)Sikkim (500)
Meghalaya (20)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Thakali
People Name General: Thakali
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113764
Joshua Project People ID: 18235
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,600
Population all Countries: 15,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Thakali
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nepali (1,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism4.45 % 
Christianity3.03 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism92.52 % 
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:
Complete Bible: 1914-2012
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoNew Way (Naya Goreto)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
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Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Nepali
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Nepali
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Thakali in India

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      Thakali India    
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