Newah in Bhutan


Population
3,700
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Newah, better known as the Newar, is a prestigious community found mainly in Nepal. They are the historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. They were farmers and traders at a time when there was peace and stability in this region, resulting in greater prosperity for this community. Stability allowed Newar people to develop art, architecture, and culture in their region.


Where Are they Located?

Most Newar people live in Nepal, but there are sizable populations in both India and Bhutan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many girls dream of becoming a princess. Among Newar group members in India, Nepal and Bhutan, some girls become goddesses! Every 13 years they choose a newborn girl to be the incarnation of the goddess Hindu Kumari. Once chosen, she will live in a temple where she will be worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists. When she reaches puberty, however, another newborn girl will replace her.

Parents arrange marriages for their children through a mediator. They are careful to make sure their children marry well; the Newar people have high status, which can be jeopardized by a "wrong" marriage.


What Are Their Beliefs?

All members of the same family worship the same deity. Though the Newar people are considered Hindu in other parts of South Asia, most are Buddhist in Bhutan, a Buddhist country. In actuality, their religion is a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism.


What Are Their Needs?

Although there are about 1,000 Newar believers in Jesus, there is much work to be done before this group can be considered adequately reached with the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Newar will avail themselves of the Bible, and that God will call and equip people and agencies to evangelize them.
* Pray that God will embolden Newar believers to witness to their neighbors.
* Pray also for Spirit-led prayer teams to undergird these efforts with prayer.
* Pray for a powerful move of the Holy Spirit among the Newar people in Bhutan that will result in many being discipled in His ways.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/13322/NP
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/13322/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Newar-aka-Newah-Newari-People-of-Nepal/
http://web.comhem.se/~u18515267/CHAPTERII.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newar_caste_system


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Newah
People Name in Country Newah
Population in Bhutan 3,700
World Population 1,438,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Mewar, Nepal Bhasa, Newar, नेवाह
People ID 13322
ROP3 Code 107217
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Western
3,300
Eastern
300
Central
90
Southern
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Western 3,300
  Eastern 300
  Central 90
  Southern 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Newar: Newar
Other People Groups Speaking Nepali
Primary Language Nepali
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Newar: Newar
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1914-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF 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 New Way - Naya Goreto (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Until We Met (Indigitube.tv)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: नेपाली - Nepali
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
64.69 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
35.31 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Don Brown 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bhutan census data.  Current values may differ.




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