Rajput, Kumaoni in India

Joshua Project has identified the Rajput, Kumaoni only in India
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The Rajputs

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Introduction / History

Bimla was busy running around, checking to see if everything was ready. The whole family was fasting and the priest was about to come. Every night they were hearing noises. Her father would wake up with the feeling that someone was trying to choke him. Hopefully, after the puja they would have no more trouble with the spirit that had been bothering their home for the last few weeks.

By evening, everyone had gathered around the little fire in the courtyard. The priest was beating his drum and singing. Aunt Kamla, possessed by a spirit, began chanting, "I am your uncle Dipu! Why did you take my field? I am very angry!" Bimla was frightened. So it was uncle Dipu's ghost that was bothering them all this time! Everyone bowed down to the doll representing uncle and asked for forgiveness. The pandit now started a different tune and slowly aunt Kamla came back to her usual self. This was the "Jaagar" ceremony, to appease the spirit that was troubling them. Now there would be no more troubles.

Where Are they Located?

The eastern half of the state of Uttarakhand, bordering Nepal and China, has a beautiful landscape with green valleys, hills and snowy peaks – the home of the Kumaoni.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They follow a religion that is a mixture of animism and Hinduism. At most festivals and pujas, people are possessed by spirits, usually attributed to a god or goddess, or a dead person.

Although Hindi is the language for wider communication, Kumaoni can be heard everywhere. Bible translation is progressing, with the active participation of Kumaoni speakers. The Jesus film, a set of Bible stories and several portions of Scripture are now available. Although the Kumaoni are not against Christianity, only a small number have responded to the Gospel.

Churches are found mostly in towns, but they use Hindi. Some missions, Christian NGOs and churches are involved in outreach. In spite of Kumaoni speakers coming to Christ every year, the church is not significantly growing. Much prayer is needed to start a movement among the Kumaoni.

What Are Their Needs?

They live a meagre lifestyle, supported through farming. Unemployment is rampant and many young men loiter around markets, with nothing else to do.

Prayer Points

* The mother tongue translators to be diligent and systematic in their work, and to find joy and fulfilment in their task.
* Published Scripture portions to reach the right hands.
* The few Christians to be good witnesses, and God's Word to take root in people's hearts.

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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-08-30
People Name General Rajput, Kumaoni
People Name in Country Rajput, Kumaoni
Population in India 555,000
World Population 555,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Kshettri, Thakur-Rajput, राजपूत, कुमाओनी
People ID 20411
ROP3 Code 116195
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 1
Uttarakhand (555,000)

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Primary Language: Kumaoni (488,000 speakers)   (People group listing)
Language Code: kfy   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (46,000)
Primary Language: Kumaoni (488,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: kfy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (46,000)
Primary Language: Kumaoni

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1825-2007)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kumaoni
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kumaoni
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism

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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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