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Thakali Marphali in Nepal

Thakali Marphali

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,200 Thakali Buddhism 1.79 % Unknown No No   

Thakali Marphali in Nepal

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The Marphali Thakalis have their own traditional village assembly, elected headmen, village workers, mediators, and village law. They work in agriculture, commerce, and horticulture. They are divided into four clans, or lineages. All family heads gather once every third year at the main meeting of the village assembly and establish ground rules for the village. Although slightly influenced by the Bon religion, Marphali Thakalis are basically followers of Buddhism. Like other Thakalis they believe in local gods, goddesses and spirits like Chan Lu, Ganyo Chacha, Alu Paldong, Syopta, etc.

Ministry Obstacles
The Thakali tribes have a long history of commitment to Buddhism, with Hindu influence, as well. The worldview of Buddhism is quite different than that of Christianity.

Outreach Ideas
The body of Christ is growing in Nepal. Please pray that Nepali Christians will be made aware of the Marphali Thakali tribe and will take steps to carry the good news of Jesus to them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
It is unlikely there are any followers of Jesus today within this tribe. Pray those who someday will come to Christ will be able to fully make the needed shift in their thinking as to the nature of God, the creator God.

Pray for the entire people group
Please pray this Buddhist group will be set free from devotion to gods which bring death, not life, and will be given faith to believe in the One who does bring life, and life abundantly.

Scripture Focus
Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,200
Largest Provinces:
Dhaulagiri (1,500)Gandaki (400)
Bagmati (300)
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People Name in Country: Thakali Marphali
People Name General: Thakali Marphali
Alternate People Names:
Marphali ThakaliMawatan Thakali
तकली मार्फ़ाली
ROP3 Code: 115558
Joshua Project People ID: 19330
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,200
Population all Countries: 2,200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Thakali Marphali
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Thakali (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ths    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (800)Seke (50)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism87.03 % 
Christianity1.79 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism11.18 % 
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Thakali Marphali in Nepal

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      Thakali Marphali Nepal    
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