Chhetri in Bhutan


Population
4,300
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Hundreds of years ago the Chhetri people group was formed through the intermarriage of several people groups that had settled in the mountains of Nepal. Later the Chhetri became fierce warriors and conquered most of Nepal. The name Chhetri is based on a word for warrior. In 1768 one Chhetri family formed the royal family of Nepal.


Where Are they Located?

The Chhetri community is most numerous in Nepal, though some have migrated to Indian's northeastern states and Bhutan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Chhetri people eat egg, fish, mutton, and rice. On the death of the father, the sons and unmarried daughters get the property with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. They have birth and marriage rituals and the dead are cremated.

Cultivation, agricultural laboring and office work are their main occupations. While the younger Chhetris are educated, the older ones among them have a low literacy level so with them the gospel message will need to be given in oral form too.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion, but some Chhetri people also follow Buddhism. It is highly likely that Chhetri people in Bhutan have adopted some of the ways of their Tibetan Buddhist neighbors.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chhetri people of Bhutan are a proud people who can easily fall into the trap of putting their hope and identity in the accomplishments of their ancestors. They need the humility to understand that Jesus is the only one who offers hope.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Indian believers will lead the Chhetri people to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that gospel recordings will lead Chhetri people to salvation.
* Pray for them to be discipled in the ways of Jesus Christ in Nepal, India and Bhutan.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16589/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16589/NP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chhetri
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Chhetri-People-of-Nepal/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Chhetri
People Name in Country Chhetri
Population in Bhutan 4,300
World Population 4,573,300
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Chheepi, Chhettri, Kshetri, च्छेत्री
People ID 16589
ROP3 Code 111785
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Western
(3,000)
Southern
(700)
Eastern
(600)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Western (3,000)
  Southern (700)
  Eastern (600)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (4,300 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nepali
Primary Language Nepali (4,300 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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
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 Nepali Bible stories
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 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: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
20.83 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
79.17 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
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 Bhutan census data.  Current values may differ.


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