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Tharu Rana in Nepal

Tharu Rana

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Map source: Omid / Joshua Project
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
195,000 Tharu, Kathariya Hinduism 1.08 % Unknown No No   

Tharu Rana in Nepal

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Introduction / History
Most of the Tharu Rana live in Nepal Terai and could be of Rajput origin.

The Tharu of Nepal do not have privileged status. They are cultivators and use forest products and plant vegetables. They are a forest people. They fish and they hunt.

Many of the Tharu have an elected leader called a Badghar to look after them and tell them what to do regards the good of the village. With them being farmers, irrigation is important to them.

Some of the Tharu live in long house with very large families. Marriages are arranged. They speak local languages and Nepali. Their religions are Buddhism, Hinduism and traditional religions.

The Tharu have a good resistance to malaria in general.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Tharu leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to salvation.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:32 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:195,000
Largest Provinces:
Bheri (104,000)Mahakali (56,000)
Rapti (23,000)Seti (12,000)
Bagmati (700)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tharu Rana
People Name General: Tharu Rana
Alternate People Names:
Ranaतरू राणा
ROP3 Code: 118179
Joshua Project People ID: 21355
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 195,000
Population all Countries: 207,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Other
People Name General: Tharu Rana
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tharu, Kathariya (208,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tkt    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (100)Dotyali (80)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.08 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.91 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.01 % 
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
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Tharu)
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Tharu Rana in Nepal

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    South Asia Hindu - Other     Asia, South    
      Tharu Rana Nepal    
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      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Tharu, Kathariya  
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