Lunia (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Subgroups: 6

Subgroup Name Population
Chauhan 4,200
Bachgoti 3,200
Awadhia 200
Bind 200
Kharaut 200
Maghaiya 200

Introduction / History

The name Lunia comes from Lun or Nun meaning "moist," and is the name for sea salt. Hindu society classes Lunia people as Shudras, the lowest of the four caste blocks.


Where Are they Located?

They live in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and a small number are in West Bengal where they are classed as a low caste community. A smaller number live either in Bangladesh or Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Lunia people farm, build roads and railways, do various construction work, and dig wells. Many are farmers on small plots of land that they own. A select few work in government as political leaders, and in private occupations.

Lunias marry only among their sub-caste or subgroup. They accept both adult and child marriages. The bridegroom goes to the home of his bride, marries her, and they live in the home of his parents. Usually marriages are arranged by negotiation. They permit divorce and re-marriage.

When the father dies, the oldest son becomes leader of the family. Sons and daughters inherit and equal amount of the property of their parents. The widowed mother receives some income if she does not marry again.

Men make the final decisions, though they consider the opinions of women. Lunia women do housework, collect firewood, and participate in rituals, social and religious matters.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Lunia people are Hindus, worshiping many gods and goddesses. They also worship their ancestors and celebrate Hindu festivals. Brahmin priests perform their birth, marriage and death rituals.


What Are Their Needs?

Written, audio, and visual Scripture resources exist in their main languages. Lunia people need primarily audio and visual resources since their literacy level is below national average.

They need to understand that the gods they worship cannot give them eternal life, nor can they correct their sin problems.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Lunia (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.

* Pray that doors will open wide to the use of the JESUS Film and that much fruit will abound including house churches.
* Pray for a major mobilization of prayer worldwide for the Lunia people.
* Pray for entire clans and extended Lunia families to embrace the Savior and begin house churches.
* Pray for the Lunia people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17391/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2015/08/23
www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/lunia/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Lunia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Lunia (Hindu traditions)
World Population 3,266,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Agri; Behari; Bihari; Chauhan; Chunari; Hindustani; Jhumaria Parmer; Kharwat; Lonari; Londhari; Lunia; Luniya; Luniyar; Mungar; Murha; Nonia; Noniar; Noongar; Nungar; Nunia; Nuniya; Paschinafati; Sambhri; Sambhri Chauhan; Tel Julaha; Teli Julaha; Uppar; लूनिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17391
ROP3 Code 112789
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 11
Largest States
Narayani
29,000
Janakpur
27,000
Kosi
8,000
Mechi
1,200
Sagarmatha
500
Bagmati
300
Seti
100
Lumbini
100
Gandaki
100
Bheri
90
Rapti
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 11
  Narayani 29,000
  Janakpur 27,000
  Kosi 8,000
  Mechi 1,200
  Sagarmatha 500
  Bagmati 300
  Seti 100
  Lumbini 100
  Gandaki 100
  Bheri 90
  Rapti 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (48,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
20,000
Nepali
500
Angika
500
Hindi
200
Awadhi
200
Magahi
80
Dotyali
60
Primary Language Maithili (48,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 20,000
  Nepali 500
  Angika 500
  Hindi 200
  Awadhi 200
  Magahi 80
  Dotyali 60
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
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 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
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 World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.87 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.04 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2020  India Missions Association  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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