Tharu in Nepal


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

Subgroups: 8

Subgroup Name Population
Khatheria 33,000
Dangue 13,000
Bantar 800
Chitwania 800
Garhwalia 800
Lampochwa 800
Mahawat 800
Rautar 800

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.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

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 Entire People Group

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
World Population 2,112,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 33
Alternate Names Kathoriya; Kathoriya Tharu; Mahatos; Mahatu; Tharu Rana; थारू
People ID 15464
ROP3 Code 110011
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Hindu - other
People Group Tharu
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 8
  Khatheria 33,000
  Dangue 13,000
  Bantar 800
  Chitwania 800
  Garhwalia 800
  Lampochwa 800
  Mahawat 800
  Rautar 800
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Seti
308,000
Bheri
296,000
Lumbini
242,000
Narayani
203,000
Rapti
158,000
Kosi
146,000
Sagarmatha
119,000
Mahakali
111,000
Janakpur
35,000
Bagmati
26,000
Mechi
10,000
Gandaki
3,900
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 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Seti 308,000
  Bheri 296,000
  Lumbini 242,000
  Narayani 203,000
  Rapti 158,000
  Kosi 146,000
  Sagarmatha 119,000
  Mahakali 111,000
  Janakpur 35,000
  Bagmati 26,000
  Mechi 10,000
  Gandaki 3,900
  Dhaulagiri 600
  Karnali 500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tharu, Kathariya (1,497,000 speakers)
Language Code tkt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Nepali
178,000
Tharu, Madhya Ksetriya
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, Kathariya (1,497,000 speakers)
Language Code tkt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 178,000
  Tharu, Madhya Ksetriya 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, Kathariya

Primary Language:  Tharu, Kathariya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2020)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tharu, Kathariya
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path (Tharu)
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 Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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