Raute in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The majority of the Raute population is settled in the Far West in Dadeldura District. There are also populations of Raute in Surkhet and Dang Districts. The estimated population of the monolingual nomadic group varies by source, but most often is reported as about 130. This nomadic group travels between many different districts in western Nepal. Linguistically, little is known about Raute. It is classified as Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Western Tibeto-Burman, Himalayan, Central Himalayan, Raute-Raji-Rawat (Ethnologue). It is thought that Raute is related to Rawat [jnl], Chepang [cdm], and Raji [rji], though further research is needed to clarify these relationships.

Historically, the Raute have been nomadic hunter gatherers. However, in 1979 the nomadic Raute from Darchula District were forcibly resettled by the government to the middle hills of Dadeldhura. They were given land, but eventually most of them lost it to wealthier landowners. With the loss of their land, most of them moved back to the forest . With the change in location and living arrangement, many Raute bands took on new names and intermarried with surrounding groups. In Jarjarkot there are Raute who have intermarried with the surrounding Kami and Damai castes. A big obstacle to integration is the poor attitudes that many villagers have toward the Raute. The politics surrounding the Raute are vast and complicated. Currently, the government is giving each Raute family member 1,000 NRs per month in addition to the land and homes that have also been government-funded. There are no known Raute Christians. The religion they practice is a form of Animism.

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People Name General Raute
People Name in Country Raute
Population in Nepal 900
World Population 2,200
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Raut, Rawat
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster South Himalaya
People Name General Raute
Ethnic Code MSY50h
People ID 14526
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Seti, Gheri, Rapti, and Karnali zones..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mahakali (300) Seti (300) Rapti (100) Mechi (100)
Bheri (60) Gandaki (10) Bagmati (10)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mahakali (300) Seti (300)
Rapti (100) Mechi (100)
Bheri (60) Gandaki (10)
Bagmati (10)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (400) Raute (400) Dotyali (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 400 Raute 400
Dotyali 100
For Primary Language: Raute

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.87 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.13 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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