Brahmin Terai in Nepal

Joshua Project has identified the Brahmin Terai only in Nepal
Population
130,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Terai is a plains region which straddles India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal where it is the country's most productive district. Until the mid 1700s the Terai was composed of a number of small kingdoms. A large part of the economy now involves logging, which began in the 1920s. Typically they strip away the logs for lumber then replace the trees with farmland. Today agriculture is foundational to the economy. Major crops include rice, wheat, sugarcane, jute, tobacco, and maize. Beekeeping and honey are also important parts of the local economy.

There are many ethnic communities and social groups including Brahmins. The Brahmins are small enough that they are hardly mentioned in the context of this region of Nepal, but they are undoubtedly a leading community in the local economy.


Where Are they Located?

Terai Brahmins are located in India and Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The rate of literacy among Brahmin men, whose traditional priestly role required them to read sacred Hindu texts, is well above Nepal's national average.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Since they have the highest status of any Hindu varna, Brahmins believe that they have everything to lose by "converting" to another religious system. A Brahmin believes he is on the verge of reaching nirvana if he earns good karma in this life by doing what he is supposed to do. He believes that it took thousands of years of being reincarnated to reach the high state he now enjoys. Switching to a "different God" would surely result in an inferior reincarnation after he dies. To reach them for Christ someone will have to enter their world and learn how to communicate in the Brahmin way.


What Are Their Needs?

It will take people who are well educated and have a good grasp of Brahmin thinking to successfully reach them for Christ. They will need to have enough empathy to explain the ways of Jesus in a manner that would make sense to Terai Brahmins.


Prayer Points

* Brahmins are the key community who uphold Hinduism. Pray that the light of the gospel breaks through the veil that blinds this community.
* Pray that the true God will reveal Himself to this community and use Terai Brahmins to preach and teach about Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among every Brahmin community.


References

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/309416202_Dowry_a_contemporary_landscape_in_the_Brahmin_community_of_the_Terai_in_Nepal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste_system_in_Nepal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terai
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16521/NP
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3458000468.html
http://www.greathimalayatrails.com/ght-about-nepal/brahmin-chhetri-people/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Brahmin Terai
People Name in Country Brahmin Terai
Population in Nepal 130,000
World Population 130,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Brahman Terai, Brahmin Terai, ब्रामिन, टेराई
People ID 20057
ROP3 Code 115767
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Janakpur
(67,000)
Narayani
(19,000)
Lumbini
(13,000)
Sagarmatha
(12,000)
Kosi
(5,600)
Bheri
(4,500)
Bagmati
(3,600)
Mechi
(3,500)
Seti
(1,100)
Mahakali
(600)
Gandaki
(400)
Rapti
(200)
Dhaulagiri
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 13
  Janakpur (67,000)
  Narayani (19,000)
  Lumbini (13,000)
  Sagarmatha (12,000)
  Kosi (5,600)
  Bheri (4,500)
  Bagmati (3,600)
  Mechi (3,500)
  Seti (1,100)
  Mahakali (600)
  Gandaki (400)
  Rapti (200)
  Dhaulagiri (20)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Maithili (99,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Magahi
(32,000)
Bhojpuri
(13,000)
Awadhi
(11,000)
Hindi
(6,800)
Marwari
(2,600)
Bengali
(1,200)
Sanskrit
(500)
Nepali
(400)
English
(200)
Dotyali
(100)
Nepalese Sign Language
(80)
Haryanvi
(80)
Angika
(40)
Rajbanshi
(20)
Gujarati
(20)
People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Language Maithili (99,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Magahi (32,000)
  Bhojpuri (13,000)
  Awadhi (11,000)
  Hindi (6,800)
  Marwari (2,600)
  Bengali (1,200)
  Sanskrit (500)
  Nepali (400)
  English (200)
  Dotyali (100)
  Nepalese Sign Language (80)
  Haryanvi (80)
  Angika (40)
  Rajbanshi (20)
  Gujarati (20)
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.09 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.90 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
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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