Kami in Bhutan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The Kami people live in three countries: India, Nepal, and Bhutan, but only in the latter country are there no believers among them.


Where Are they Located?

The Kamis are Nepalis resident in West Bengal, India, though some have migrated to nearby Bhutan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kami people are a rural people known for metal working. They are divided into two groups: black smiths and gold, silver, and copper smiths. They supplement smithing with agricultural work. About a third are literate in Nepali. Many are bilingual, also speaking Hindi. The Kamis are also found in southern Sikkim, mostly in rural areas. In those areas, they engage in agriculture. Others serve as curers, who favor traditional medicines over the use of modern medicine.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As a rule, Kamis are Hindus. They worship different Hindu deities, and they go on pilgrimage to Hindu sacred sites in Darjeeling, a region of West Bengal. Some have converted to Buddhism and other religions, as well as Christianity, probably to be free of discrimination. This might be true of those living in Bhutan, where there is a Buddhist majority.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kami people, be they Hindu or Buddhist, need to put their faith and dependency in the God of the Bible.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Christian Kamis to be more forthright in sharing their faith.
* Pray for increased literacy and access to Scripture in their languages.
* Pray for the JESUS Film to be shown in their communities.
* Pray for churches to adopt the Kamis and pray for them regularly.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17069/NP
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17069/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2008/09/30


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kami
People Name in Country Kami
Population in Bhutan 800
World Population 1,362,800
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Biswakarma, Lohar, Sunar, Viswakarma, कमी
People ID 17069
ROP3 Code 112407
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 3
Largest States
Western
700
Eastern
100
Southern
20
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 3
  Western 700
  Eastern 100
  Southern 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Lepcha
Other People Groups Speaking Nepali
Primary Language Nepali
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Lepcha
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: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
14.29 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
85.71 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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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