Kami in Nepal

Population

1,067,000

Christian

0.79%

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 Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country East and south central.
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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 Nepal 1,067,000
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 1,036,805 Bhojpuri 17,059 Newar 13,930 Hindi 10,290
Awadhi 10,080 Bantawa 4,456 Maithili 4,159 Kham, Sheshi 3,780
Sonha 3,630 Kham, Western Parbate 2,900 Musasa 2,890 Rajbanshi 2,058
Kham, Gamale 1,950 Rawat 1,460 Kayort 1,320 Chamling 680
Bhujel 570 Magar, Western 466 Humla 330 Dolpo 282
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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
3.08%
Christianity
0.79%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
95.80%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.13%
Unknown
0.20%
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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