Dhimal in Nepal


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction

The Dhimal live both in Nepal and West Bengal, India. In Nepal, they live in 24 villages of Mechi zone in Jhapa District and 51 villages in Koshi zone, Morang District. Dhimal women are good at weaving and have unique dress among the ethnic peoples of Nepal. Education is almost completely absent among them. A landless people, the traditional occupation of the Dhimal was hunting and gathering. Nowadays, agriculture is their main occupation. They worship nature and household gods, and worship Chaitanya Nityananda as their family deity. They also worship other deities like Buda Thakur, Sadi Buri, and Kali.


Ministry Obstacles

Worldviews are not easily changed. The worldview of Hinduism is very different than the biblical worldview.


Outreach Ideas

The Lord is growing his Church in Nepal. Perhaps one or more Nepali Christians will be led by God's Spirit to take the life-giving message of Christ to the Dhimal community.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few hundred Dhimal believers in Nepal. Please pray these people will be accurately taught the ways of Christ.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the entire Dhimal community will be given a growing desire to find forgiveness for their sin; then may they learn of Christ's sacrifice for that purpose. Pray this message comes to them in ways they understand.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dhimal
People Name in Country Dhimal
Population in Nepal 26,000
World Population 30,900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Agnia, Dhemal, Dhimar, Jharwa, Maulik, धिमल
People ID 11544
ROP3 Code 102575
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Eastern Terai, around Jhapa   Source:  Joshua Project
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Kosi
15,000
Mechi
8,800
Sagarmatha
1,000
Bagmati
900
Narayani
200
Seti
90
Janakpur
40
Gandaki
30
Lumbini
20
Bheri
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Eastern Terai, around Jhapa.   Source:  Joshua Project
Total States 10
  Kosi 15,000
  Mechi 8,800
  Sagarmatha 1,000
  Bagmati 900
  Narayani 200
  Seti 90
  Janakpur 40
  Gandaki 30
  Lumbini 20
  Bheri 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Dhimal (20,000 speakers)
Language Code dhi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Nepali
5,200
Maithili
2,100
Bantawa
80
Bhojpuri
50
Awadhi
20
Other People Groups Speaking Dhimal
Primary Language Dhimal (20,000 speakers)
Language Code dhi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 5,200
  Maithili 2,100
  Bantawa 80
  Bhojpuri 50
  Awadhi 20
People Groups Speaking Dhimal

Primary Language:  Dhimal

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2000)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2017)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.30 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.21 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.23 %
Unknown
0.19 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  International Mission Board-SBC  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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