Dhimal in Nepal


Population
27,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Dhimal live both in Nepal and West Bengal, India. In Nepal, they live in 24 villages of Mechi zone in Jhapa District and 51 villages in Koshi zone, Morang District. Dhimal women are good at weaving and have unique dress among the ethnic peoples of Nepal. Education is almost completely absent among them. A landless people, the traditional occupation of the Dhimal was hunting and gathering. Nowadays, agriculture is their main occupation. They worship nature and household gods, and worship Chaitanya Nityananda as their family deity. They also worship other deities like Buda Thakur, Sadi Buri, and Kali.


Ministry Obstacles

Worldviews are not easily changed. The worldview of Hinduism is very different than the biblical worldview.


Outreach Ideas

The Lord is growing his Church in Nepal. Perhaps one or more Nepali Christians will be led by God's Spirit to take the life-giving message of Christ to the Dhimal community.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few hundred Dhimal believers in Nepal. Please pray these people will be accurately taught the ways of Christ.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the entire Dhimal community will be given a growing desire to find forgiveness for their sin; then may they learn of Christ's sacrifice for that purpose. Pray this message comes to them in ways they understand.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dhimal
People Name in Country Dhimal
Population in Nepal 27,000
World Population 32,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Agnia, Dhemal, Dhimar, Jharwa, Maulik
People ID 11544
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern Terai, around Jhapa.   Source:  Joshua Project
Total States on file: 10
Kosi (15,000) Mechi (9,000) Sagarmatha (1,100) Bagmati (1,000)
Narayani (200) Seti (90) Janakpur (40) Gandaki (30)
Lumbini (20) Bheri (10)
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern Terai, around Jhapa.   Source:  Joshua Project
Total States on file: 10
Kosi (15,000) Mechi (9,000)
Sagarmatha (1,100) Bagmati (1,000)
Narayani (200) Seti (90)
Janakpur (40) Gandaki (30)
Lumbini (20) Bheri (10)
Primary Language: Dhimal (20,000 speakers)
Language Code: dhi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 6
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (5,200) Maithili (2,100) Bantawa (80) Bhojpuri (50)
Awadhi (20)
Primary Language: Dhimal (20,000 speakers)
Language Code: dhi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 6
Secondary Languages:
Nepali (5,200) Maithili (2,100)
Bantawa (80) Bhojpuri (50)
Awadhi (20)
For Primary Language: Dhimal

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2000)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.15 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown
1.18 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.39 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.29 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: International Mission Board-SBC, Ian Bennett, 2013   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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