Kami in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


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 1,241,000
World Population 1,377,000
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 Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East and south central..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bheri (196,000) Rapti (154,000) Seti (141,000) Lumbini (136,000)
Gandaki (116,000) Dhawalagiri (74,000) Bagmati (69,000) Mahakali (68,000)
Kosi (63,000) Sagarmatha (47,000) Narayani (46,000) Karnali (45,000)
Mechi (45,000) Janakpur (43,000)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bheri (196,000) Rapti (154,000)
Seti (141,000) Lumbini (136,000)
Gandaki (116,000) Dhawalagiri (74,000)
Bagmati (69,000) Mahakali (68,000)
Kosi (63,000) Sagarmatha (47,000)
Narayani (46,000) Karnali (45,000)
Mechi (45,000) Janakpur (43,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  30  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (1,147,000) Dotyali (90,000) Bantawa (5,000) Maithili (4,300)
Bhojpuri (3,200) Humla (2,200) Chamling (1,600) Musasa (1,500)
Kham, Sheshi (900) Awadhi (600) Kham, Gamale (600) Palpa (400)
Kham, Western Parbate (200) Kansa (200) Seke (50) Sonha
Nepalese Sign Language Tamang, Eastern Sunwar Newar: Newari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 1,147,000 Dotyali 90,000
Bantawa 5,000 Maithili 4,300
Bhojpuri 3,200 Humla 2,200
Chamling 1,600 Musasa 1,500
Kham, Sheshi 900 Awadhi 600
Kham, Gamale 600 Palpa 400
Kham, Western Parbate 200 Kansa 200
Seke 50 Sonha
Nepalese Sign Language Tamang, Eastern
Sunwar Newar: Newari
For Primary Language: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Nepali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Nepali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
2.76 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.13 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
96.01 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.10 %
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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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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