Kami in India



Population

131,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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.


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-30
People Name General Kami
People Name in Country Kami
Population in India 131,000
World Population 1,121,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Biswakarma, Lohar, Sunar, Viswakarma
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Kami
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 17069
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (82,000) Assam (24,000) Sikkim (22,000) Uttarakhand (2,400)
Delhi (1,100) Arunachal Pradesh (600) Uttar Pradesh (400) Manipur (200)
Meghalaya (200) Madhya Pradesh (200) Himachal Pradesh (70) Maharashtra (70)
Jharkhand (50) Chandigarh (30) Telangana (30) Punjab (30)
Gujarat (20)
Total States on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (82,000) Assam (24,000)
Sikkim (22,000) Uttarakhand (2,400)
Delhi (1,100) Arunachal Pradesh (600)
Uttar Pradesh (400) Manipur (200)
Meghalaya (200) Madhya Pradesh (200)
Himachal Pradesh (70) Maharashtra (70)
Jharkhand (50) Chandigarh (30)
Telangana (30) Punjab (30)
Gujarat (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (126,000) Bengali (2,800) Lepcha (700) Hindi (600)
Byangsi (500) Darmiya (400) Newar: Newari (300) Chaudangsi (200)
Rawat (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 126,000 Bengali 2,800
Lepcha 700 Hindi 600
Byangsi 500 Darmiya 400
Newar: Newari 300 Chaudangsi 200
Rawat 200
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Nepali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
2.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.93 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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