Kandu in Nepal


Population
124,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Kandu (or Halwai) people are traditionally a business community that dry roasts grain for the other people groups. Through the years they spread out all over South Asia including Nepal.


Where Are they Located?

The Kandu people in Nepal live in the southeastern part of the country. Some have migrated to Nepal's cities. Other members of the Kandu community live in India or Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Modern Kandu people have left their old profession of parching grain and now work as merchants, moneylenders, shopkeepers, and dealers in grain and spices. They are strictly vegetarian and they do not consume alcoholic drinks. A regional council, known as the Vaisya Abha, looks after the welfare of their communities. The Kandu people tend to live in extended families. They marry primarily within their own clans although they do not forbid marriage outside their group. The Kandu people speak many languages but in Nepal their main languages are Nepali, Maithili and Bhojpuri.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of the Kandu people of Nepal are Hindus. Hindus worship many deities, but their practices are diverse. In general, Hindus are pragmatic in their spiritual beliefs, offering worship to gods in exchange for benefits rather than out of love or devotion. The Kandu people revere the written Hindu Vedas and the Upanishads. They celebrate traditional Hindu holy days along with other Hindu people groups.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kandu people in Nepal are considered a backward or economically and socially disadvantaged caste. Most live in small to medium size villages without modern conveniences. Christian businesses persons, medical personnel and educators could build relationships and make a difference among them both economically and spiritually.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Lord would build up the few known Kandu believers and use them to begin a disciple making movement among this unreached people group.
* Pray the Holy Spirit would create a spiritual hunger for the Bible and spiritual literature among the Kandu people in Nepal.
* Pray the Lord would grant wisdom, safety and endurance to the Christian workers who are now sharing the gospel with the Kandu people of India.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17080/NP
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17080/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandu
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=49134


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kandu
People Name in Country Kandu
Population in Nepal 124,000
World Population 2,494,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Halwai, Kadu, Kanu, कंदू
People ID 17080
ROP3 Code 112418
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Narayani
(97,000)
Janakpur
(18,000)
Bheri
(3,300)
Sagarmatha
(3,200)
Lumbini
(1,500)
Bagmati
(1,200)
Mechi
(500)
Kosi
(100)
Gandaki
(100)
Seti
(80)
Rapti
(50)
Dhaulagiri
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 12
  Narayani (97,000)
  Janakpur (18,000)
  Bheri (3,300)
  Sagarmatha (3,200)
  Lumbini (1,500)
  Bagmati (1,200)
  Mechi (500)
  Kosi (100)
  Gandaki (100)
  Seti (80)
  Rapti (50)
  Dhaulagiri (20)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhojpuri (70,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Maithili
(52,000)
Awadhi
(4,300)
Nepali
(1,200)
Hindi
(600)
Magahi
(60)
Angika
(30)
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri
Primary Language Bhojpuri (70,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Maithili (52,000)
  Awadhi (4,300)
  Nepali (1,200)
  Hindi (600)
  Magahi (60)
  Angika (30)
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri

Primary Language:  Bhojpuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1911-1982)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1999-2006)
Bible-Complete No
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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bhojpuri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
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 OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.88 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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 Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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