Kyerung in Nepal


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Kyerung are ethnic Tibetans and have been officially counted as part of the Tibetan nationality in China; however, they speak their own language, unintelligible with other Tibetan varieties. The Kyerung make up a significant portion of the Tibetans in Nepal. The Kyerung are not the same as the Jiarong people of Sichuan Province, although when pronounced in Tibetan the two names sound similar.
The seventh and eighth centuries saw a rapid increase in the Tibetan empire. Tibet's rule extended into Kashmir, China, Turkestan, Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal and northern Burma. In 1788 the Tibetans turned to the Chinese for military assistance when they were being besieged by an invading Gurkha army from Nepal. After this, Chinese influence in Tibet increased greatly. The states of Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal splintered and became separate political units. By the mid-1800s Manchu power in China was waning; and when the Gurkhas again invaded Tibet in 1856 the Chinese did not help. The Nepalese extracted annual tribute from the Tibetans. By the end of 1959 an estimated 20,000 Tibetans had fled across the border into Nepal and India. Today the number of Tibetans in exile has grown to approximately 200,000. They are scattered in communities in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Taiwan, in the mountains of Switzerland, in the United States, Norway, Australia, France and England.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kyerung are willing to accept other people's beliefs. They have a greeting, Tashiteleg, which means "I recognize the divine qualities in you." Traditionally a man can marry two sisters, or several brothers may share the same wife (although this is now only practiced in remote communities).


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kyerung, like all Tibetan ethnic groups, zealously follow Tibetan Buddhism.


What Are Their Needs?

There are no known Christian believers among the Kyerung in either Tibet or Nepal. Faithful workers are needed like William E. Simpson, an American missionary to Tibet, who was martyred in 1932. Simpson summarized his life when he wrote, "Are not all the trials, the loneliness, the heartache, the weariness and pain, the cold and fatigue of the long road, the darkness and discouragements, and all the bereavements, temptations and testings, deemed not worthy to be compared with the joy of witnessing to this 'glad tidings of great joy'?


Prayer Points

Pray that the Kyerung people will have a massive move of the Holy Spirit in their communities, drawing them to the only savior.
Pray for loving workers to go to them.
Pray for Kyerung family leaders to lead the way to the cross.


Scripture Prayers for the Kyerung in Nepal.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kyerung
People Name in Country Kyerung
Pronunciation ghee-ROHNG
Alternate Names Gyirong; Gylrong; Kyirong; कयेृग
Population this Country 3,700
Population all Countries 12,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12931
ROP3 Code 105548
ROP25 Code 304508
ROP25 Name Kyerung
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kathmandu. Also Langtang region, Rasuwa District, Batmati Zone.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kathmandu. Also Langtang region, Rasuwa District, Batmati Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 1
  Bagmati 3,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Kyerung (3,700 speakers)
Language Code kgy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kyerung (3,700 speakers)
Language Code kgy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kyerung

Primary Language:  Kyerung

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

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