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Thakuri in Nepal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
487,000 Nepali Hinduism 1.57 % Unknown   

Thakuri in Nepal

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Introduction / History
Though the centuries the Thakuri people have held high status both in Nepal and in India. There were Thakuri kings in Nepal as early as the 600s.

Though opinions differ, people have associated the Thakuris with Rajputs and Chhetris, both forward caste groups in the Hindu hierarchy. In order to preserve their wealth and power, they married near cousins for centuries.

Where are they located?
Most Thakuri people live in western Nepal and India's northeastern states. There are some scattered Thakuris in other parts of India as well.

What are their lives like?
Today many Thakuris are landlords who control the agricultural means of production. Those who live at lower elevations make a subsistence living. Speaking to other Thakuris, one blogger said that they need to adapt to today's world by working harder. He regards his people as lazy, prone to anger, and willing to spend their fast-depleting wealth on parties. Perhaps he is not giving his people enough credit; the Thakuris still hold many high positions even when they migrate to other parts of the world like England.

What are their beliefs?
The Thakuris are almost entirely Hindu. They trust in spiritual powers and spirit beings. Rituals are important to high caste Hindus. To them following caste obligations and customs is the best way to live a spiritually-fulfilling life.

What are their needs?
Like other Hindus, the Thakuri need to find their way to the only Spirit Being who is both loving and sovereign over all. Someone needs to show these high caste Hindus the way to the cross.

Prayer Points
Pray for Nepali believers to be energized in their efforts to reach all the people groups of Nepal, including the Thakuris, with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Thakuri people to be ready and responsive when they hear the gospel.
Pray for a Holy Spirit empowered discipleship movement among Thakuri people in both India and Nepal.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-21
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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:487,000
Largest Provinces:
Bheri (125,000)Karnali (80,000)
Seti (69,000)Mahakali (59,000)
Bagmati (35,000)Lumbini (29,000)
Gandaki (27,000)Rapti (26,000)
Dhaulagiri (11,000)Narayani (7,400)
Location in Country:East and south central.
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Thakuri
People Name General: Thakuri
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113798
Joshua Project People ID: 18261
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 487,000
Population all Countries: 526,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Thakuri
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nepali (374,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): npi    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dotyali (46,000)Humla (1,600)
Bhojpuri (1,300)Lepcha (600)
Musasa (400)Maithili (400)
Bote (200)Chamling (200)
Tamang, Western (200)Bantawa (200)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 14
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism1.39 % 
Christianity1.57 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism97.02 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.02 % 
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: 1850-1961
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1914-2012
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
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
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
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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Thakuri in Nepal

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    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Thakuri Nepal    
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