Khatik (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

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Introduction / History

Khatik word is derived from the Sanskrit language word Khat. In English Khatik means "butcher". In ancient times the main profession of Khatik Caste was to slaughter and prepare sheep and goats. Later there occupation was tanning the skin and selling the hairs of sheep in the market and export the same to western countries for using the same as wig. And also to sell the meat of goat as a butcher. Nowadays people of Khatik Caste are selling vegetables and do the bussiness as scrap dealers. Most of the people are street vendor collecting waste paper, scrap and plastic on the bicycle. There are some doctors, engineers,teachers and advocate, management and administrative staff.

Where Are they Located?

In India, there are located mainly in Village - Dujana District-Jhajjar (Haryana State) near Capital of India-New Delhi. In New Delhi, Haryana (Rohtak, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Karnal, Ambala) Chandigarh, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Found throughout India, the Khatik community began as hunters and butchers, though some claim warrior caste origin. Because they once handled carcasses, they are among the lowest in the Hindu social system. Some castes will not eat or drink with them. Today, most are in animal husbandry, agriculture, service industries, and government agencies. Clan leaders and law vary, but are always controlling factors in maintaining social cohesion and discipline. Their marriages are endogamous. Most speak Hindi, but many speak regional languages, often with Hindi as a second language. Because they value education, about 50 percent of their populace is literate. Literacy rates are higher among men than among women.

They lives in small houses, usually on the outskirts of the villages or towns. Early Khatiks were hard working and honest people.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are supersitious, devotee of Goddess Durga, Parvati, Ganesh, Hanuman, Shiv Shankar, Sai, Kabir.

Their cultural and religious history suggests they are open to change. Professional ties can cross religious, clan, and caste barriers. Although the majority are Hindus, some are Sikhs or Muslims. Some converted away from Hinduism to avoid caste discrimination. Whether Hindus, Sikhs or Muslims, their practices are often tinged with Animism. Those who decide to follow Christ can be disciplined, ostracized or excommunicated. Few are Christian of any form. For most there are no evangelistic media available.

What Are Their Needs?

Their needs are land, houses, education, and daily food.

Prayer Points

* Pray for ministries that meet felt needs, for increased literacy, especially for women.
* Pray for Bible distribution and showing the Jesus Film in their communities.
* Pray for churches to adopt the Khatiks.
* Pray for a caste-wide breakthrough for the Gospel.

People Name General Khatik (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Khatik (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 700
World Population 2,304,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Aray, Are Marati, Are War, Arewaru, Chikvi, Chikwa, Kasab, Kasai, Kasar, Katagaru, Katik, Katika, Katike, Katikulu, Katuga, Katuka, Khasabulu, Khasi, Khatika, Kulal, Kunjara, Land Khasabalu, Sasai, Surya Vamsamvar, Suryachelad, खटीक (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17301
ROP3 Code 112679
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Bheri (400)
  Lumbini (200)
  Seti (60)
  Bagmati (50)
  Rapti (30)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Awadhi (600 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Other People Groups Speaking Awadhi
Primary Language Awadhi (600 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (90)
  Bhojpuri (70)
  Maithili (50)
People Groups Speaking Awadhi

Primary Language:  Awadhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1820-1911)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1996)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2000-2005)
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 New
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Awadhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video New Life (
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Virender Buswala / Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.

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