Kami in India

Population

130,000

Christian

0.02%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

The Kamis are Nepalis resident in West Bengal, India. They are a rural people known for metal working. They are divided into two groups: black smiths and gold, silver, and copper smiths. They supplement smithing with agricultural work. Taken together, the Kamis total over 50,000, about a third of whom are literate in Nepali. Many are bilingual, also speaking Hindi. The Kamis are also found in southern Sikkim, mostly in rural areas. In those areas, they engage in agriculture. Others serve as curers, who favor traditional medicines over the use of modern medicine.

As a rule, Kamis are Hindus. They worship different Hindu deities, and they go on pilgrimage to Hindu sacred sites in Darjeeling, a region of West Bengal. Some have converted to Buddhism, and other religions, as well as Christianity, probably to be free of discrimination.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Christian Kamis to be more forthright in sharing their faith.
* Pray for more openness to modern medicine and that such openness will lead to increased contacts with Christian physicians and health care providers.
* Pray for increased literacy and access to Scripture in their languages; and for The Jesus Film to be shown in their communities.
* Pray for churches to adopt the Kamis.
* Pray that they forsake idolatry, and for Satan's grip on them to fail.



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Kami
People Name in Country Kami
ROP3 Code 112407
Joshua Project People ID 17069
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 130,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Biswakarma, Lohar, Viswakarma,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 125,845 Bengali 2,805 Lepcha 680 Hindi 615
Byangsi 470 Darmiya 350 Newar 330 Chaudangsi 230
Rawat 230
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Kami
Ethnic Code CNN25k
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
2.05%
Christianity
0.02%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
97.93%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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