Sarki in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language



The traditional and primary occupation of the Sarki was shoe-making, but nowadays only a few among them are occupied as leather-workers or cobblers. They have family deities and a village deity. Some of their deities are Santala Devi, Maidevta and Dat Kali. Their witchdoctor is called lama or jhankri.

Ministry Obstacles

The worldview of the Sarki is very different than those of a monotheist, who believes in one God who is creator of all.

Outreach Ideas

The Lord is building his church in the region. His Spirit is active. Pray that Christian workers will include the Sarki community in their outreach.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are some Christians among the Sarki community. Pray they become more than cultural Christians, instead becoming zealous disciples of Christ, trusting him fully with their lives.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Sarki community will be dissatisfied with worshiping the gods of this age, but rather will hunger to know the creator God and his Son who came to give them life.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-22
People Name General Sarki
People Name in Country Sarki
Population in Nepal 351,000
World Population 391,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Cobbier, Sarkar, Tapa, Tapoli, Thapa
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Sarki
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 18035
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East and south central..   Source:
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gandaki (61,000) Bagmati (51,000) Lumbini (43,000) Narayani (33,000)
Seti (30,000) Sagarmatha (30,000) Bheri (28,000) Mahakali (26,000)
Dhawalagiri (25,000) Janakpur (24,000) Kosi (23,000) Mechi (12,000)
Rapti (8,400) Karnali (6,200)
Total States on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gandaki (61,000) Bagmati (51,000)
Lumbini (43,000) Narayani (33,000)
Seti (30,000) Sagarmatha (30,000)
Bheri (28,000) Mahakali (26,000)
Dhawalagiri (25,000) Janakpur (24,000)
Kosi (23,000) Mechi (12,000)
Rapti (8,400) Karnali (6,200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  42  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (378,000) Newar: Newari (5,100) Bantawa (4,500) Kulung (2,400)
Bhojpuri (2,200) Maithili (1,600) Musasa (1,400) Rajbanshi (800)
Rawat (600) Kayort (500) Kham, Western Parbate (400) Kham, Sheshi (400)
Chamling (400) Bhujel (400) Kham, Gamale (200) Sonha (200)
Walungge (200) Lumba-Yakkha (200) Kham, Eastern Parbate (100) Thulung (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 378,000 Newar: Newari 5,100
Bantawa 4,500 Kulung 2,400
Bhojpuri 2,200 Maithili 1,600
Musasa 1,400 Rajbanshi 800
Rawat 600 Kayort 500
Kham, Western Parbate 400 Kham, Sheshi 400
Chamling 400 Bhujel 400
Kham, Gamale 200 Sonha 200
Walungge 200 Lumba-Yakkha 200
Kham, Eastern Parbate 100 Thulung 100
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 General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
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
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture EasyBibles
Scripture International Bible Society
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
1.56 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.95 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.30 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.09 %
0.09 %
Photo Source: Anonymous   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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