Magahia Kumhar in Nepal


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Kumhar is a caste of pottery makers and clay artists in India and Nepal. Within the Kumhar community, there are subgroups such as the Magahias and others.


Where Are they Located?

The Magahia sector of the Kumhar caste live mainly in India's states of West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. A smaller number live in Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Maghia Kumhar people are monogamous, meaning marriage is between one man and one woman. Marriages are decided by the families of both parties and by the man and woman. They don't allow for divorce. The bereaved can marry again. On the death of the father, the sons inherit the property. They often own land which they cultivate for their food needs. Some work in business. A caste council looks after their needs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Magahia Kumhar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Magahia Kumhar people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Magahia Kumhar people need the chance to live the abundant life Christ offers all peoples and nations. They have very little chance to hear the gospel message at this time, and none of them are believers at this time.


Prayer Points

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Magahia Kumhar people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Magahia Kumhar people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Magahia Kumhar people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


Scripture Prayers for the Kumhar Magahia in Nepal.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21176/NP
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21176/IN
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/kumhar/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumhar


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kumhar Magahia
People Name in Country Kumhar Magahia
Natural Name Magahia Kumhar
Population this Country 1,400
Population all Countries 214,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Maghi; कुम्हार मागाहिया
People ID 21176
ROP3 Code 117999
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Sagarmatha
600
Janakpur
600
Kosi
200
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Sagarmatha 600
  Janakpur 600
  Kosi 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (1,400 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Maithili (1,400 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more