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Tajpuriya in Nepal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
22,000 Rajbanshi Hinduism 1.30 % Unknown   

Tajpuriya in Nepal

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Introduction / History
There is no written history about the Tajpuria tribes. It is believed that in ancient time their ancestor came from Tejpur in North India. Because of this, their tribes are called Tajpuria. Long ago a man named Susarma ruled as king in Samaygadh (today, the Topgachhi, Jhapa district). The Tajpuria are his descendants.

Where are they located?
They live in Jhapa and Morang district in Eastern Nepal. In Jhapa they are scattered in Chak chaki, Panchgachhi, Mahavara, Gauradah, Dharampur, Gauriganj, Jurupani, Korubari, Kohavara, Maharani and Lakhanpur. In Morang they are found in Sijua, Jhurkia, Mahadewa, Govindpur and Rangeli.

What are their lives like?
They practice farming on borrowed land, they don't have their own land. They also love to fish. Only a small percentage is educated and only a handful have master's degrees. These tribes are very poor.

Their houses are made of mud and bamboo. These are all built in close proximity as a community.

They have their own language called Tajpuri which is closely related to Rajbansi and Gangai. They speak the Nepali language also.

The bridegroom's family goes to the house of the bride's family to arrange the marriage. Once arranged, a representative from the bridegroom's family again goes to bride's house with clothes and ornaments as a testimony to the arranged marriage.

At the wedding the bride wears a special dress made of cotton. It is a 16-foot long sari. The groom wears a Dhoti and Ganji made of cotton.

What are their beliefs?
They have their own religious culture like the Hindu culture. They like to be called Hindus. They celebrate religious festivals such as Dashain and Aunshi once a year. They have a dance called Huka-Huki during the Aunshi festival. They make make rope from a plant called sanpat. This is then burned and thrown into the air in memory of their ancestors.

They also worship oxen during the Aunshi festival. They prepare a special herb and feed it to the oxen.

They follow the tradition of their ancestors, worshiping three gods and goddesses:
Thakur (Male) and Barmani (Female) who are representations of Shiva and Parvati, his wife. The third god is Maharaja pua. It is believed that in ancient time when they came to Nepal there was many wild gods. They selected one of them for their protection and began to worship. They have no physical representation for these gods and goddesses.

What are their needs?
They lack financial means for education. They need education in finances regarding micro projects and savings. There is a need for education regarding health and proper sanitation. There is a great need for evangelization and church planting in their community.

Prayer Points
Pray to win this community for Jesus Christ. They are not very open to the gospel and they need their own people to be raised up to preach in their own language.

Pusak Tajpuria and Ram Tajpuria

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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:22,000
Largest Provinces:
Mechi (14,000)Kosi (7,400)
Bagmati (300)Narayani (90)
Gandaki (30)Seti (20)
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People Name in Country: Tajpuriya
People Name General: Tajpuriya
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ROP3 Code: 115556
Joshua Project People ID: 19328
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 22,000
Population all Countries: 22,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Tajpuriya
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Rajbanshi (19,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rjs    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (400)Rangpuri (200)
Maithili (Unknown)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.11 % 
Christianity1.30 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.07 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.47 % 
Unknown0.05 % 
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: 2005-2016
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Rajbanshi
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
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Tajpuriya in Nepal

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