Khatwa in Nepal


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Khatwa language is Maithili. They are a rural people.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Khatwa people in Nepal are mostly agricultural laborers. Most are not vegetarians and they eat maize, rice and wheat. Family leaders arrange their marriages. They have monogamous marriages meaning that marriage is between one man and one woman. They do not allow for divorce, but the bereaved may marry again. Sons inherit the property on the death of the father with the oldest son taking charge of the home.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Khatwa in Nepal practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.


What Are Their Needs?

Although the New Testament, Bible portions, audio, and the JESUS Film exist in the Maithiali language of this people group, they remain unreached with the gospel. Who will tell them?


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Khatwa in Nepal.

Pray the Lord will give Khatwa families understanding and responsive hearts as they hear about the love of Christ from broken-hearted disciples for whom we are also praying. Pray for the Khatwa people to be delivered from their fear of “Christianity” and to begin their own Disciple Making Movement based on the person of Christ.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17185/IN https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khatwa


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Khatwa
People Name in Country Khatwa
Population this Country 97,000
Population all Countries 368,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Katua; Katwa; Khatbe; Khatwe; ख़टवा
People ID 17185
ROP3 Code 112541
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Narayani, Janakpur, and Koshi zones.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Sagarmatha
49,000
Janakpur
38,000
Kosi
7,900
Narayani
1,200
Bheri
200
Bagmati
200
Mechi
100
Lumbini
90
Gandaki
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Narayani, Janakpur, and Koshi zones..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 9
  Sagarmatha 49,000
  Janakpur 38,000
  Kosi 7,900
  Narayani 1,200
  Bheri 200
  Bagmati 200
  Mechi 100
  Lumbini 90
  Gandaki 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (97,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Nepali
2,200
Bhojpuri
1,300
Magahi
1,300
Angika
300
Awadhi
200
Bantawa
30
Primary Language Maithili (97,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 2,200
  Bhojpuri 1,300
  Magahi 1,300
  Angika 300
  Awadhi 200
  Bantawa 30
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1986-2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path (Maithili)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
1.54 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.63 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
Unknown
0.68 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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