Kami in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Lohar 7,400
Sonar 7,200

Introduction / History

The Kamis are Nepalis resident in West Bengal, India. 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. 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.

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.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kami in India.

* Pray for the Christian Kamis to be more forthright in sharing their faith.
* Pray for more openness to modern medicine and that such openness will lead to increased contacts with Christian physicians and health care providers.
* Pray for increased literacy and access to Scripture in their languages; and for The Jesus Film to be shown in their communities.
* Pray for churches to adopt the Kamis.
* Pray that they forsake idolatry and for Satan's grip on them to fail.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-30
People Name General Kami
People Name in Country Kami
World Population 1,285,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Biswakarma; Lohar; Sunar; Viswakarma; कमी
People ID 17069
ROP3 Code 112407
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
53,000
Sikkim
26,000
Assam
20,000
Uttarakhand
2,400
Delhi
1,100
Arunachal Pradesh
900
Uttar Pradesh
400
Manipur
200
Madhya Pradesh
200
Jharkhand
90
Meghalaya
80
Maharashtra
70
Himachal Pradesh
70
Chandigarh
30
Punjab
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  West Bengal 53,000
  Sikkim 26,000
  Assam 20,000
  Uttarakhand 2,400
  Delhi 1,100
  Arunachal Pradesh 900
  Uttar Pradesh 400
  Manipur 200
  Madhya Pradesh 200
  Jharkhand 90
  Meghalaya 80
  Maharashtra 70
  Himachal Pradesh 70
  Chandigarh 30
  Punjab 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (102,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Byangsi
500
Darmiya
400
Chaudangsi
200
Rawat
200
Lepcha
200
Bengali
100
Hindi
40
Primary Language Nepali (102,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Byangsi 500
  Darmiya 400
  Chaudangsi 200
  Rawat 200
  Lepcha 200
  Bengali 100
  Hindi 40
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Until We Met
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 Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
2.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.79 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
95.11 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.