Thakuri in Nepal


Population
412,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Though the centuries the Thakuri people have held high status both in Nepal and in India. There were Thakuri kings in Nepal as early as the 600s.

Though opinions differ, people have associated the Thakuris with Rajputs and Chhetris, both forward caste groups in the Hindu hierarchy. In order to preserve their wealth and power, they married near cousins for centuries.


Where Are they Located?

Most Thakuri people live in western Nepal and India's northeastern states. There are some scattered Thakuris in other parts of India as well.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today many Thakuris are landlords who control the agricultural means of production. Those who live at lower elevations make a subsistence living. Speaking to other Thakuris, one blogger said that they need to adapt to today's world by working harder. He regards his people as lazy, prone to anger, and willing to spend their fast-depleting wealth on parties. Perhaps he is not giving his people enough credit; the Thakuris still hold many high positions even when they migrate to other parts of the world like England.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Thakuris are almost entirely Hindu. They trust in spiritual powers and spirit beings. Rituals are important to high caste Hindus. To them following caste obligations and customs is the best way to live a spiritually-fulfilling life.


What Are Their Needs?

Like other Hindus, the Thakuri need to find their way to the only Spirit Being who is both loving and sovereign over all. Someone needs to show these high caste Hindus the way to the cross.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Nepali believers to be energized in their efforts to reach all the people groups of Nepal, including the Thakuris, with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the Thakuri people to be ready and responsive when they hear the gospel.
* Pray for a Holy Spirit empowered discipleship movement among Thakuri people in both India and Nepal.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Thakuri-People-of-Nepal/
http://peeksinthepast.blogspot.com/2012/06/in-search-of-meaning-of-word-thakuri.html
http://www.karma99.com/2013/04/ThakuriPeople.html
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=42065


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-21
People Name General Thakuri
People Name in Country Thakuri
Population in Nepal 412,000
World Population 446,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9 to 11
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Thakurai, ठाकुरी
People ID 18261
ROP3 Code 113798
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East and south central.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Bheri
(107,000)
Karnali
(61,000)
Seti
(59,000)
Mahakali
(51,000)
Bagmati
(30,000)
Rapti
(29,000)
Lumbini
(25,000)
Gandaki
(23,000)
Dhaulagiri
(9,600)
Narayani
(6,400)
Janakpur
(3,700)
Kosi
(3,400)
Sagarmatha
(3,000)
Mechi
(800)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East and south central..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 14
  Bheri (107,000)
  Karnali (61,000)
  Seti (59,000)
  Mahakali (51,000)
  Bagmati (30,000)
  Rapti (29,000)
  Lumbini (25,000)
  Gandaki (23,000)
  Dhaulagiri (9,600)
  Narayani (6,400)
  Janakpur (3,700)
  Kosi (3,400)
  Sagarmatha (3,000)
  Mechi (800)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (374,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Dotyali
(46,000)
Humla
(1,600)
Bhojpuri
(1,300)
Lepcha
(600)
Musasa
(400)
Maithili
(400)
Bote
(200)
Chamling
(200)
Tamang, Western
(200)
Bantawa
(200)
Bine
(40)
Yakkha, Chhathare
(40)
Lhowa
(20)
People Groups Speaking Nepali
Primary Language Nepali (374,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Dotyali (46,000)
  Humla (1,600)
  Bhojpuri (1,300)
  Lepcha (600)
  Musasa (400)
  Maithili (400)
  Bote (200)
  Chamling (200)
  Tamang, Western (200)
  Bantawa (200)
  Bine (40)
  Yakkha, Chhathare (40)
  Lhowa (20)
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1914-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Nepali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video New Way - Naya Goreto (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Until We Met (Indigitube.tv)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
1.39 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.57 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.02 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.02 %
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal  
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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