Lhomi 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

Although they are considered part of the Tibetan nationality, the Lhomi possess their own distinct language and culture. Lhomi means "southern people."
The Lhomi are a Tibetan people who have been influenced by non-Tibetans over the course of many centuries. This has led to the mixture of cultural, linguistic and religious traits that today identify them as a distinct people group.
They live in India, China and Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Over the past 20 years, some Lhomi in Nepal have moved and settled down in the nation's capital, Katmandu, where they work as laborers and builders. Most of the Lhomi men who work in Katmandu send money back to their families. They are only able to travel back to their home villages once or twice a year. "This independent tribe grows a few crops, in particular millet for making gruel and beer. They raise sheep for wool and meat, and weave cotton-like garments from wild sisal hemp."


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Lhomi believe in the existence of spirits and natural forces that control the affairs of their lives. Their religion has been described as "unrefined Buddhism.... Their shamans (animistic priests) are as active as the Buddhist lamas. Although animal sacrifice is abhorrent to orthodox Buddhists, the Lhomis make several ritual animal sacrifices during the year." Before millet is planted in September, the Lhomi kill three sheep to placate the patron deity of their village.


What Are Their Needs?

Due to the large foreign missionary contingent formerly based in Darjeeling, northeast India, many Lhomi there have some awareness of the gospel, and a few have believed in Christ. In recent years more than 100 Lhomi in Nepal have also put their faith in Christ. They are now sending evangelists to other people groups.
Lhomi Scripture portions were first printed in 1976, and gospel recordings are also available. Despite the existence of Lhomi Christians in Nepal and India, it has proven difficult for the gospel to spread to their counterparts in Tibet, due to the political situation there and the tightly controlled borders.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Lhomi people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.
Pray for loving workers who will disciple the Lhomi and teach them to disciple others.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among all the Lhomi peoples in China, India and Nepal.


Scripture Prayers for the Lhomi, Shing Saapa in Nepal.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Lhomi
People Name in Country Lhomi, Shing Saapa
Natural Name Lhomi
Pronunciation Low-mee
Alternate Names Kar Bhote; Karbhote; Kathe Bhote; Lhoket; Saapa; Shing; Shing Saapa; Shingsaba; Shingsawa; Singsawa; लहोमी
Population this Country 1,300
Population all Countries 4,900
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18548
ROP3 Code 114165
ROP25 Code 304695
ROP25 Name Lhomi
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country The majority are found in Nepal, where they inhabit six villages on the steep slopes of the upper Arun above Hedanna in Sankhuba Sabha district. In recent years some Lhomi men have moved down to Kathmandu. In India, 1,000 Lhomi people live in the famous tea-growing and tourist region of Darjeeling.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Kosi
700
Rapti
300
Bagmati
200
Gandaki
20
Sagarmatha
20
Lumbini
20
Mechi
10
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country The majority are found in Nepal, where they inhabit six villages on the steep slopes of the upper Arun above Hedanna in Sankhuba Sabha district. In recent years some Lhomi men have moved down to Kathmandu. In India, 1,000 Lhomi people live in the famous tea-growing and tourist region of Darjeeling..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Total States 7
  Kosi 700
  Rapti 300
  Bagmati 200
  Gandaki 20
  Sagarmatha 20
  Lumbini 20
  Mechi 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
98.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.88 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
1.06 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Lhomi (600 speakers)
Language Code lhm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Nepali
400
Sherpa
100
Primary Language Lhomi (600 speakers)
Language Code lhm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 400
  Sherpa 100
People Groups Speaking Lhomi

Primary Language:  Lhomi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1976)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1995)
Bible-Complete No
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Lhomi YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Lhomi YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source Psalms Unplugged Nepal 
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. Learn more.



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