Kami in India


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Largest Religion
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Kamis are Nepali speakers in West Bengal. The Kamis are also found in southern Sikkim, mostly in rural areas. They are scattered throughout India, but much more numerous in Nepal and less numerous in Bhutan. Many in India are bilingual, also speaking Hindi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They 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. 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, especially those in Bhutan, Buddhist majority country.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kami people need a John 10:10 blessing: The abundant life Jesus offers those who are willing to submit to his lordship.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Christian Kamis to be loving and forthright in sharing their faith.

Pray for the Kami people to have access to modern medicine and good schools.

Pray for increased literacy and access to Scripture in their languages; and for The JESUS Film to be shown in their communities.

Pray for a powerful movement to Christ among the Kami people in India, Nepal and Bhutan.


Scripture Prayers for the Kami in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kami
People Name in Country Kami
Pronunciation KAH-mee
Alternate Names Biswakarma; Lohar; Sunar; Viswakarma; कमी
Population this Country 117,000
Population all Countries 1,592,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 17069
ROP3 Code 112407
ROP25 Code 303601
ROP25 Name Kami (Nepal)
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
62,000
Assam
24,000
Sikkim
23,000
Uttarakhand
2,800
Delhi
1,300
Arunachal Pradesh
1,100
Uttar Pradesh
400
Manipur
300
Madhya Pradesh
200
Meghalaya
100
Maharashtra
90
Himachal Pradesh
80
Jharkhand
70
Chandigarh
40
Punjab
30
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  West Bengal 62,000
  Assam 24,000
  Sikkim 23,000
  Uttarakhand 2,800
  Delhi 1,300
  Arunachal Pradesh 1,100
  Uttar Pradesh 400
  Manipur 300
  Madhya Pradesh 200
  Meghalaya 100
  Maharashtra 90
  Himachal Pradesh 80
  Jharkhand 70
  Chandigarh 40
  Punjab 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
2.14 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.37 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
95.48 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Nepali (96,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Byangsi
500
Darmiya
400
Hindi
300
Bengali
200
Chaudangsi
200
Rawat
200
Lepcha
200
Primary Language Nepali (96,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Byangsi 500
  Darmiya 400
  Hindi 300
  Bengali 200
  Chaudangsi 200
  Rawat 200
  Lepcha 200
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  (1914-2012)
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video New Way (Naya Goreto) Create International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Nepali YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Nepali YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version Super Bible / Comic Bible Society
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Pexels  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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