Raji in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

Raji people are also called "Banrawats," "Ben-Manus" and "cave dwellers." They are a scheduled tribe meaning that they are underprivileged.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Raji people live in the interior forest regions. They work as gatherers, collecting honey from bee- hives, fishing, hunting. Raji people enjoy eating wild fruits and tree roots. They also make and sell farming tools. They grow their grains, hunt and fish. Women have a respected position among Raji people. They do not marry within their group, and there are no child marriages. The oldest man is the leader of the family.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship Hindu gods, and they worship nature. They worship to please, and to be blessed by their gods. Raji people celebrate Hindu festivals and their own rituals.


What Are Their Needs?

The most desperate need of Raji people is to know their Creator, whose creation they worship, and who paid the penalty for their sins. There are no printed Bible resources in the Raji diminishing language of this people group, however there are some audio resources. Who will take them to this needy community of Hindu believers?


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Raji in Nepal.

Pray for Holy Spirit-sent workers to go the the Raji people. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will be satisfied only by Jesus. Pray for their leaders to have dreams and visions of the risen Christ. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among them.


References

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/raji-language-is-on-the-verge-of-extinction/ https://kathmandupost.com/sudurpaschim-province/2019/12/14/a-school-that-the-raji-community-depends-on-for-formal-education-on-the-verge-of-collapse https://www.facebook.com/oldnepal/posts/the-raji-tribes-of-nepalthe-raji-are-a-tibeto-burman-speaking-tribe-that-had-tak/1179827692056465/ https://www.nepjol.info/index.php/ON/article/view/9645


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Raji
People Name in Country Raji
Population this Country 4,600
Population all Countries 6,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ban Manush; Ban Raja; Ban Raji; Ban Rawat; Banmari; Faas; Fans; Janggali; Raute; Rawat; राज़ी
People ID 14514
ROP3 Code 108272
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Surkhet and Bardiya districts, Bheri Zone, and Kailali District in Seti Zone.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Bheri
2,000
Seti
2,000
Narayani
200
Mechi
100
Mahakali
100
Gandaki
70
Bagmati
60
Rapti
40
Lumbini
20
Kosi
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Surkhet and Bardiya districts, Bheri Zone, and Kailali District in Seti Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 10
  Bheri 2,000
  Seti 2,000
  Narayani 200
  Mechi 100
  Mahakali 100
  Gandaki 70
  Bagmati 60
  Rapti 40
  Lumbini 20
  Kosi 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Raji (3,800 speakers)
Language Code rji   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Nepali
700
Bhojpuri
200
Dotyali
70
Primary Language Raji (3,800 speakers)
Language Code rji   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 700
  Bhojpuri 200
  Dotyali 70
People Groups Speaking Raji

Primary Language:  Raji

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
2.57 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.38 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
95.05 %
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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