Thakuri in Nepal


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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

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.


Scripture Prayers for the Thakuri in 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  

People Name General Thakuri
People Name in Country Thakuri
Alternate Names Thakurai; ठाकुरी
Population this Country 498,000
Population all Countries 537,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
People ID 18261
ROP3 Code 113798
ROP25 Code 308109
ROP25 Name Thakuri
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East and south central.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Bheri
128,000
Karnali
82,000
Seti
71,000
Mahakali
61,000
Bagmati
36,000
Lumbini
29,000
Gandaki
28,000
Rapti
26,000
Dhaulagiri
12,000
Narayani
7,600
Janakpur
4,400
Kosi
4,000
Sagarmatha
3,500
Mechi
1,000
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East and south central..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 14
  Bheri 128,000
  Karnali 82,000
  Seti 71,000
  Mahakali 61,000
  Bagmati 36,000
  Lumbini 29,000
  Gandaki 28,000
  Rapti 26,000
  Dhaulagiri 12,000
  Narayani 7,600
  Janakpur 4,400
  Kosi 4,000
  Sagarmatha 3,500
  Mechi 1,000
Website South Asia Peoples
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.02 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Nepali (374,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language 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
Lhowa
60
Yakkha, Chhathare
40
Chhintang
30
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
  Lhowa 60
  Yakkha, Chhathare 40
  Chhintang 30
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  (1914-2012)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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