Kami in Nepal







Largest Religion

Main Language


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.

People Name General Kami
People Name in Country Kami
Population in Nepal 989,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Biswakarma, Lohar, Viswakarma
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Kami
Ethnic Code CNN25k
Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country East and south central.
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali (1,034,000) Bhojpuri (17,000) Newar (13,000) Awadhi (10,000)
Hindi (9,900) Bantawa (4,500) Maithili (4,200) Kham, Sheshi (3,800)
Sonha (3,600) Kham, Western Parbate (2,900) Musasa (2,900) Rajbanshi (2,100)
Kham, Gamale (2,000) Kayort (1,300) Rawat (700) Chamling (700)
Bhujel (600) Magar, Western (500) Humla (300) Dolpo (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 1,034,000 Bhojpuri 17,000
Newar 13,000 Awadhi 10,000
Hindi 9,900 Bantawa 4,500
Maithili 4,200 Kham, Sheshi 3,800
Sonha 3,600 Kham, Western Parbate 2,900
Musasa 2,900 Rajbanshi 2,100
Kham, Gamale 2,000 Kayort 1,300
Rawat 700 Chamling 700
Bhujel 600 Magar, Western 500
Humla 300 Dolpo 300
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.79%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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