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Brahmin Terai in Nepal

Brahmin Terai

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
131,000 Maithili Hinduism 0.01 % Unknown   

Brahmin Terai in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The Terai is a plains region which straddles India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal where it is the country's most productive district. Until the mid 1700s the Terai was composed of a number of small kingdoms. A large part of the economy now involves logging, which began in the 1920s. Typically they strip away the logs for lumber then replace the trees with farmland. Today agriculture is foundational to the economy. Major crops include rice, wheat, sugarcane, jute, tobacco, and maize. Beekeeping and honey are also important parts of the local economy.

There are many ethnic communities and social groups including Brahmins. The Brahmins are small enough that they are hardly mentioned in the context of this region of Nepal, but they are undoubtedly a leading community in the local economy.

Where are they located?
Terai Brahmins are located in India and Nepal.

What are their lives like?
The rate of literacy among Brahmin men, whose traditional priestly role required them to read sacred Hindu texts, is well above Nepal's national average.

What are their beliefs?
Since they have the highest status of any Hindu varna, Brahmins believe that they have everything to lose by "converting" to another religious system. A Brahmin believes he is on the verge of reaching nirvana if he earns good karma in this life by doing what he is supposed to do. He believes that it took thousands of years of being reincarnated to reach the high state he now enjoys. Switching to a "different God" would surely result in an inferior reincarnation after he dies. To reach them for Christ someone will have to enter their world and learn how to communicate in the Brahmin way.

What are their needs?
It will take people who are well educated and have a good grasp of Brahmin thinking to successfully reach them for Christ. They will need to have enough empathy to explain the ways of Jesus in a manner that would make sense to Terai Brahmins.

Prayer Points
* Brahmins are the key community who uphold Hinduism. Pray that the light of the gospel breaks through the veil that blinds this community.
* Pray that the true God will reveal Himself to this community and use Terai Brahmins to preach and teach about Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among every Brahmin community.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:34 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:131,000
Largest Provinces:
Janakpur (66,000)Narayani (18,000)
Lumbini (13,000)Sagarmatha (12,000)
Kosi (5,700)Bheri (4,500)
Bagmati (3,500)Mechi (3,500)
Seti (1,100)Mahakali (600)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Brahmin Terai
People Name General: Brahmin Terai
Alternate People Names:
Brahman Teraiब्रामिन, टेराई
ROP3 Code: 115767
Joshua Project People ID: 20057
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 131,000
Population all Countries: 131,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - Brahmin
People Name General: Brahmin Terai
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Maithili (97,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mai    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (13,000)Awadhi (11,000)
Hindi (6,900)Marwari (2,600)
Bengali (1,200)Magahi (1,000)
Sanskrit (500)Nepali (400)
English (200)Dotyali (100)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 16
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.04 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.95 % 
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: Yes
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 (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoGood News
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Maithili)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Brahmin Terai in Nepal

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    South Asia Forward Caste - Brahmin     Asia, South    
      Brahmin Terai Nepal    
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