Byansi in Nepal


Population
4,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Humla Tibetan people live spread out in 22 main villages across six village development areas (similar to counties) in the central and northwest regions of Humla district, northwestern Nepal. The Humla Tibetan people speak a form of Tibetan that is somewhat similar to other Tibetan languages in Nepal, like Sherpa or Lhomi.

The language they speak is distinct enough to be considered a separate language. Their culture and religion, in many ways, is similar to other high mountain Tibetan Buddhist groups in Nepal. They are very religious and follow mostly the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddism, except for the Limi valley (Drigung Kagyu sect) and the Tumkot Gompa (Sakyapa sect - Yari and Muchu area).

Humla villages are very isolated and hard to travel to. There are almost no roads to be found, mostly footpaths and trails. The villages are all situated at high elevation (from 2500 m. to 3750 m.) and are relatively close to the Chinese border. Many people have trade connections in China. All communities depend on agriculture, animal husbandry, and trade for subsistence. While one or more men of a household travel for long periods of time to engage in long-distance trade and to move animals between summer and winter pastures, women are in charge of agricultural activities in the village.

The Humla Tibetans form tight-knit communities and are proud of their own culture and language. There are considerable differences between the communities, but they are still interrelated. Most people have a strong sense of identity. The language has a very high vitality and ability to read and write in Nepali or Tibetan is still poor. People are interested in developing their own language. Starting with oral forms of language development is advised.


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People Name General Byansi
People Name in Country Byansi
Population in Nepal 4,000
World Population 4,900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Byangsi, ब्यानसी
People ID 19335
ROP3 Code 101831
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Karnali
(2,400)
Mahakali
(900)
Seti
(300)
Mechi
(100)
Kosi
(100)
Bheri
(100)
Bagmati
(40)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 7
  Karnali (2,400)
  Mahakali (900)
  Seti (300)
  Mechi (100)
  Kosi (100)
  Bheri (100)
  Bagmati (40)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Humla (1,300 speakers)
Language Code hut   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Byangsi
(1,300)
Nepali
(1,100)
Dotyali
(600)
Rajbanshi
(40)
People Groups Speaking Humla
Primary Language Humla (1,300 speakers)
Language Code hut   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Byangsi (1,300)
  Nepali (1,100)
  Dotyali (600)
  Rajbanshi (40)
People Groups Speaking Humla

Primary Language:  Humla

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: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.22 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.78 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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