Thakali Marphali in Nepal

Joshua Project has identified the Thakali Marphali only in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Marphali Thakalis have their own traditional village assembly, elected headmen, village workers, mediators, and village law. They work in agriculture, commerce, and horticulture. They are divided into four clans, or lineages. All family heads gather once every third year at the main meeting of the village assembly and establish ground rules for the village. Although slightly influenced by the Bon religion, Marphali Thakalis are basically followers of Buddhism. Like other Thakalis they believe in local gods, goddesses and spirits like Chan Lu, Ganyo Chacha, Alu Paldong, Syopta, etc.

Ministry Obstacles

The Thakali tribes have a long history of commitment to Buddhism, with Hindu influence, as well. The worldview of Buddhism is quite different than that of Christianity.

Outreach Ideas

The body of Christ is growing in Nepal. Please pray that Nepali Christians will be made aware of the Marphali Thakali tribe and will take steps to carry the good news of Jesus to them.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

It is unlikely there are any followers of Jesus today within this tribe. Pray those who someday will come to Christ will be able to fully make the needed shift in their thinking as to the nature of God, the creator God.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this Buddhist group will be set free from devotion to gods which bring death, not life, and will be given faith to believe in the One who does bring life, and life abundantly.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Thakali Marphali
People Name in Country Thakali Marphali
Population in Nepal 1,900
World Population 1,900
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Marphali Thakali, Mawatan Thakali
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Thakali Marphali
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 19330
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhawalagiri (1,300) Gandaki (300) Bagmati (300)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhawalagiri (1,300) Gandaki (300)
Bagmati (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Thakali (1,100) Nepali (800) Seke (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Thakali 1,100 Nepali 800
Seke 50
For Primary Language: Thakali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
96.35 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.68 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
1.97 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Indra Jworchan  
Map Source: University of Texas Map Collection  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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