Thakuria in Nepal

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Thakuria
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People Name: Thakuria
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,400
World Population: 13,400
Primary Language: Bhojpuri
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - Other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Thakuria get their name from the Sanskrit term thakkura which means 'idol or deity'. It is a general honorific title used by nobles. The Thakuria are a smaller community found in districts of south-central Nepal and mainly Bihar, India. It is said among the Thakuria that they are the ancestors of the great emperor Aurangzeb's army of the 1600s. They claim to be descendents of the Rajput people of Rajasthan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Thakuria have traditionally been landowners and have been known to manage property. They are 100% Muslim and hold to the traditions of the Sunni sect. They speak mainly Nepali in Nepal and Urdu in India. They practice the chhatti birth ceremony on the sixth day of the child and shadi marriage rituals. They eat meat and wheat is a staple grain for them.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Thakuria people, that their honorific name could be respected one day as warriors for the Lord who created their culture and died for each and everyone one of the Thakuria of Nepal and India.

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