Thakali Marphali in Nepal

The Thakali Marphali have only been reported in Nepal
Population
1,800
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Marphali Thakalis have their own traditional village assembly, elected headmen, village workers, mediators, and village law. They work in agriculture, commerce, and horticulture. They are divided into four clans, or lineages. All family heads gather once every third year at the main meeting of the village assembly and establish ground rules for the village. Although slightly influenced by the Bon religion, Marphali Thakalis are basically followers of Buddhism. Like other Thakalis they believe in local gods, goddesses and spirits like Chan Lu, Ganyo Chacha, Alu Paldong, Syopta, etc.


Ministry Obstacles

The Thakali tribes have a long history of commitment to Buddhism, with Hindu influence, as well. The worldview of Buddhism is quite different than that of Christianity.


Outreach Ideas

The body of Christ is growing in Nepal. Please pray that Nepali Christians will be made aware of the Marphali Thakali tribe and will take steps to carry the good news of Jesus to them.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

It is unlikely there are any followers of Jesus today within this tribe. Pray those who someday will come to Christ will be able to fully make the needed shift in their thinking as to the nature of God, the creator God.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this Buddhist group will be set free from devotion to gods which bring death, not life, and will be given faith to believe in the One who does bring life, and life abundantly.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Thakali Marphali
People Name in Country Thakali Marphali
Population in Nepal 1,800
World Population 1,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Marphali Thakali, Mawatan Thakali, तकली मार्फ़ाली
People ID 19330
ROP3 Code 115558
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Dhaulagiri
(1,300)
Gandaki
(300)
Bagmati
(300)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 3
  Dhaulagiri (1,300)
  Gandaki (300)
  Bagmati (300)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Thakali (1,100 speakers)
Language Code ths   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Nepali
(800)
Seke
(50)
People Groups Speaking Thakali
Primary Language Thakali (1,100 speakers)
Language Code ths   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Nepali (800)
  Seke (50)
People Groups Speaking Thakali

Primary Language:  Thakali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
87.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.79 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
11.18 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Indra Jworchan 
Map Source University of Texas Map Collection  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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