Yadav (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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Introduction / History

The Yadav in Nepal are in every way related with the Yadav in the northern states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, in India.

It's easy to find out who a Yadav is. Just ask them their name and they will tell you their first name followed by their title which is always Yadav.

Previously the Yadav were called Ahir. The name Ahir is derived from 'Abhira' which is a immigrant tribe found in the inscriptions and Hindu sacred books. The Abhira appear to have been one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia. They are spoken of as robbers and foreigners. They claim connection to the god Krishna since he was a herdsman. In Nepal all Yadav will be called Yadav these days.

The Yadav are a caste comprisied of milkmen, cowherds, cattle breeders and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling animal products. The Yadav consist of both landowning and landless people. Some Yadav are businessmen, teachers, doctors, engineers and political leaders. In 2008 Nepal became a democratic country. The first president was Ram Baran Yadav.


Where Are they Located?

They are living almost all over South-Nepal. The highest concentration is in the provinces Janakpur, Sagarmatha, Narayani and Lumbini.

In India the Yadav have many language groups but in Nepal you can reach almost all of them by using 3 languages only (Nepali, Maithili and Bhojpuri).


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Yadav live in joint families. Most of them are vegetarian but many start eating fish, mutton, chicken and sometimes pork, but not beef. Child labor is common among them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Yadav participate in the local traditional and socio-religious festivals. They have expertise in oral traditions and group singing in praise of the god Vishnu, Krishna or one of the many other gods that they worship. Similarly, they are good in musical dance and wrestling. In India in some places they are also known to do some mock-fighting with swords but in Nepal that is not known (as far as we know). Boys are favored for formal education. They are known to have more faith in astrology and talismans rather than in the services of a doctor.


What Are Their Needs?

They need to hear about the way of salvation. Most of the Yadav die never hearing the Name of Jesus once in a lifetime!

But also life, lifestyle and living standard are changing all over the nation. The next generation will need to get other kinds of jobs. To get those jobs they need education but proper education is missing in many places (especially in the villages).


Prayer Points

* Pray for the salvation of the Yadav people.
* Pray for short and long term workers / teams to come and pioneer new ministries among the Yadav.
* For new focused evangelism and church planting ministries.
* For literacy and community development work.
* For Christian social workers eradicating alcoholism.
* Christian workers to meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* For the practice of child labor to end among the Yadav people.
* For education to be made available to girls as well to the boys.


Profile Source:   God Loves Yadav  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-06
MFAN / YWAM Ministries
The Yadav for the Glory of God
People Name General Yadav (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Yadav (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 1,025,000
World Population 60,336,700
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 20
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Abhir, Adav, Adavigolla, Aharwar, Ahir, Ahirani, Ahir-Goala, Asthanagolla, Ayar, Ayar-Boricha, Baredi, Brajwari, Chosh, Couli, Dhangar, Erumakar, Gaolan, Gaoli, Gauvali, Gawal, Gawli, Gayla, Ghasi, Ghosh, Goala, Gol, Gola, Golar, Golkar, Golla, Gollewar, Gop, Gopa, Gopali, Gope, Gopi, Gosangi, Gouli, Gowala, Gullar, Gwal, Gwala, Hir, Idaiyan, Idaiyar, Idayar, Iruman, Jadav, Ji, Kolaya, Konar, Konarulu, Makhar, Muniyani, Pillai, Rai, Rao, Rao Saheb, Rao Sahib, Raut, Reo Saheb, Sadgoala, Sadgope, Sargope, Yadav, Yadava, Yadha, Yadhava, Yadukulum, यादव (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16187
ROP3 Code 111292
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Yadav (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups on file 5
Largest Subgroups
Kaonra
3,000
Gamel
2,000
Ghosi
1,900
Jadubans
200
Nandbans
100
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Yadav (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 5
  Kaonra 3,000
  Gamel 2,000
  Ghosi 1,900
  Jadubans 200
  Nandbans 100
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)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Janakpur
337,000
Sagarmatha
250,000
Narayani
192,000
Lumbini
139,000
Kosi
53,000
Bheri
30,000
Bagmati
9,000
Rapti
8,000
Mechi
5,100
Seti
1,000
Gandaki
800
Mahakali
400
Dhaulagiri
100
Karnali
60
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)
Total States 14
  Janakpur 337,000
  Sagarmatha 250,000
  Narayani 192,000
  Lumbini 139,000
  Kosi 53,000
  Bheri 30,000
  Bagmati 9,000
  Rapti 8,000
  Mechi 5,100
  Seti 1,000
  Gandaki 800
  Mahakali 400
  Dhaulagiri 100
  Karnali 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (723,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
197,000
Awadhi
94,000
Magahi
13,000
Nepali
10,000
Hindi
9,200
Angika
4,200
Bengali
600
Rangpuri
400
Dotyali
200
Bagheli
80
Rawat
10
Other People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Language Maithili (723,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 197,000
  Awadhi 94,000
  Magahi 13,000
  Nepali 10,000
  Hindi 9,200
  Angika 4,200
  Bengali 600
  Rangpuri 400
  Dotyali 200
  Bagheli 80
  Rawat 10
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
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 Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.93 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.04 %
Photo Source Radhekrishna Yadav 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source God Loves Yadav  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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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