Tharu in Nepal


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

Introduction

The Tharu have lived quiet, simple lives for four centuries. They are a gentle people. They make almost everything they use themselves, with a touch of art in everything. They have their own gods and follow a Bharra (shaman). Besides the Bharra, who treats their diseases, the village headman, bhalamansa, and the Desi-Mahajan - an Indian moneylender - are important people within the village. They are becoming more aware of outside issues and fireside chat in the evenings is becoming more outward focused, reflecting changes in their culture.


Ministry Obstacles

The Tharu speak several languages, and are spread over a wide area of Nepal.


Outreach Ideas

Ask the Lord to raise up and send out a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses from among the Tharu people. The Lord is rapidly building his church in Nepal.


Prayer Focus

There are a few Christians among the Tharu community. Pray they will become true disciples, moving beyond mere cultural identification with Christ. Pray for the gift of conviction of sin, and for zealous hearts to really know and follow Christ. Pray for the gentle Tharu people to be protected from those who would take advantage of them. Pray they will be able to care adequately for their families.


Scripture Prayers for the Tharu in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-23
People Name General Tharu
People Name in Country Tharu
Population this Country 1,690,000
Population all Countries 2,146,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 34
Alternate Names Kathoriya; Kathoriya Tharu; Mahatos; Mahatu; Tharu Rana; थारू
People ID 15464
ROP3 Code 110011
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Seti
314,000
Bheri
302,000
Lumbini
246,000
Narayani
207,000
Rapti
161,000
Kosi
148,000
Sagarmatha
122,000
Mahakali
113,000
Janakpur
36,000
Bagmati
26,000
Mechi
10,000
Gandaki
4,000
Dhaulagiri
600
Karnali
500
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Seti 314,000
  Bheri 302,000
  Lumbini 246,000
  Narayani 207,000
  Rapti 161,000
  Kosi 148,000
  Sagarmatha 122,000
  Mahakali 113,000
  Janakpur 36,000
  Bagmati 26,000
  Mechi 10,000
  Gandaki 4,000
  Dhaulagiri 600
  Karnali 500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tharu, Dangaura (790,000 speakers)
Language Code thl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Tharu, Kathariya
707,000
Nepali
178,000
Tharu, Central
32,000
Bhojpuri
24,000
Maithili
4,900
Dotyali
2,000
Sonha
600
Rawat
500
Bantawa
200
Musasa
90
Chamling
80
Nepalese Sign Language
30
Thangmi Bine
Primary Language Tharu, Dangaura (790,000 speakers)
Language Code thl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Tharu, Kathariya 707,000
  Nepali 178,000
  Tharu, Central 32,000
  Bhojpuri 24,000
  Maithili 4,900
  Dotyali 2,000
  Sonha 600
  Rawat 500
  Bantawa 200
  Musasa 90
  Chamling 80
  Nepalese Sign Language 30
  Thangmi 10
  Bine 0
People Groups Speaking Tharu, Dangaura

Primary Language:  Tharu, Dangaura

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2010)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2018-2019)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tharu, Dangaura
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.72 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
3.41 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
95.67 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.19 %
* 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 Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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