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Byansi in Nepal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,800 Humla Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Byansi in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The Humla Tibetan people live spread out in 22 main villages across six village development areas (similar to counties) in the central and northwest regions of Humla district, northwestern Nepal. The Humla Tibetan people speak a form of Tibetan that is somewhat similar to other Tibetan languages in Nepal, like Sherpa or Lhomi.

The language they speak is distinct enough to be considered a separate language. Their culture and religion, in many ways, is similar to other high mountain Tibetan Buddhist groups in Nepal. They are very religious and follow mostly the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddism, except for the Limi valley (Drigung Kagyu sect) and the Tumkot Gompa (Sakyapa sect - Yari and Muchu area).

Humla villages are very isolated and hard to travel to. There are almost no roads to be found, mostly footpaths and trails. The villages are all situated at high elevation (from 2500 m. to 3750 m.) and are relatively close to the Chinese border. Many people have trade connections in China. All communities depend on agriculture, animal husbandry, and trade for subsistence. While one or more men of a household travel for long periods of time to engage in long-distance trade and to move animals between summer and winter pastures, women are in charge of agricultural activities in the village.

The Humla Tibetans form tight-knit communities and are proud of their own culture and language. There are considerable differences between the communities, but they are still interrelated. Most people have a strong sense of identity. The language has a very high vitality and ability to read and write in Nepali or Tibetan is still poor. People are interested in developing their own language. Starting with oral forms of language development is advised.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-08-20
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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:4,800
Largest Provinces:
Karnali (2,800)Mahakali (1,100)
Seti (400)Mechi (200)
Kosi (200)Bheri (100)
Bagmati (50)
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People Name in Country: Byansi
People Name General: Byansi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101831
Joshua Project People ID: 19335
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,800
Population all Countries: 5,900
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Byansi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Humla (1,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hut    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Byangsi (1,300)Nepali (1,100)
Dotyali (600)Rangpuri (40)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.72 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.28 % 
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
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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Byansi in Nepal

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Byansi Nepal    
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            Byansi in Nepal          
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      Hinduism     Humla  
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