Khambu in India


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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

Traditionally the Khambu people (aka, Rai) were nature worshippers. They worshipped objects of nature such as trees, rivers, and animals, but they also worshipped their ancestors. Later Hinduism was forced upon them by outsiders.

The Khambu people live in three countries. Most are either in India or Nepal and a small number live in Bhutan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Living in a mountainous part of the world, the Khambu people are isolated from the rest of the world. Farming is necessary, but it is very difficult. Like the peoples around them, the Khambu people in India depend on their livestock for milk and meat.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Today the Khambu people in India are mainly Hindu, though those in Buddhist Bhutan include Buddhist elements in their worship.


What Are Their Needs?

The Khambu people need help making more than a bare-bones living in their mountainous homeland. Better schools would help.


Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual openness and a desire for relationship with a holy, righteous God.

Pray for the opportunity to hear of the finished work of Christ in Khambu communities.

Pray that despite their remote mountainous location that believers will take them the gospel and many will be willing to be discipled in the ways of Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Khambu in India.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17148/IN

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17148/NP

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai_people


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Khambu
People Name in Country Khambu
Alternate Names Janiar; खंबू
Population this Country 408,000
Population all Countries 410,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
People ID 17148
ROP3 Code 112497
ROP25 Code 303926
ROP25 Name Khambu
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 5
Largest States
West Bengal
281,000
Sikkim
122,000
Andaman and Nicobar
600
Meghalaya
400
Delhi
200
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 5
  West Bengal 281,000
  Sikkim 122,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 600
  Meghalaya 400
  Delhi 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
3.16 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
4.16 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
92.50 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.18 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Bengali (186,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Nepali
91,000
Hindi
62,000
Assamese
400
Kharia
200
Kurux
200
Mundari
100
Santhali
80
Primary Language Bengali (186,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 91,000
  Hindi 62,000
  Assamese 400
  Kharia 200
  Kurux 200
  Mundari 100
  Santhali 80
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
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Photo Source Rachhenhang Rai - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
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