Dhimal in Nepal


Population
26,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 30,800
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 Not ranked
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 Not ranked
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)
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 No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Gospel Go World Bibles
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 © 2017  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 Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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