Kuchbandia in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

The Kuchbandia or Kuchbandiya are a sub caste of the larger Kanjar peoples. They are a tribal people so other Hindus consider them to be Dalits. Traditionally, the Kuchbandia were nomadic hunter-gatherers. The British classified the Kuchbandia as a petty criminal caste. The Kuchbandia led a nomadic lifestyle until the 1950s when they began to settle down to live in permanent villages. With this reputation for illegal activity, Hindu society tends to look down on the Kuchbandia. A recent newspaper article pointed out that many of their children do not have birth certificates, so they are unable to go beyond grade five in government schools. The Kuchbandia often do not have a legal address so obtaining official documents is a challenge for them. Illiteracy is a major issue for the Kuchbandia. The Kuchbandia people in Nepal have a much smaller population than they do in India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Now they often live in tents made of bamboo and reeds outside rural villages in Nepal. They gather reeds from which rope is made. Some men work with iron to make and fix tools. Many adults and children work as landless agricultural laborers. Most Kuchbandia do not have electricity, indoors plumbing or access to clean water or modern medicine. The life expectancy of the Kuchbandia people is far less than the average citizen of Nepal. Families arrange marriages. The Kuchbandia marry within their group. Newly married couples live with or near the groom parents. Sons inherit what little property their parents own. Since the Kuchbandia are Dalits, they must employ their own priests and shamans. Village elders decide legal disputes. The Kuchbandia are not vegetarians but as Hindus they will not eat beef. Meat is often reserved for special occasions. Their diet consists of rice, vegetables, and edible plants they can gather from the forest.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Kuchbandia people in Nepal practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India and Nepal. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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.


What Are Their Needs?

Kuchbandia people need in Nepal more than anything else to know Almighty God who came to earth in the form of a man, who is Jesus Christ, and paid the price for their eternal life to set them free from the penalty of sin. Although the Bible, audio, and visual resources exist in their Awadhi language, they remain an unreached people group, living in darkness.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kuchbandia in Nepal.

Pray for the Lord of the harvest to send many brave, Holy Spirit anointed laborers into this Kuchbandia harvest field. Ask Lord Jesus to remove spiritual barriers in the lives, minds and hearts of Kuchbandia people. Pray for them to recognize and receive their savior. Pray that an unstoppable church planting movement will be established among them.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kuchbandia
People Name in Country Kuchbandia
Population this Country 300
Population all Countries 33,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chaang; Gihara; Kuchband; Kuchbandhiya; Monpa; Singhikat; Singikat; Targar; Tsono; कुचबंदिया
People ID 17307
ROP3 Code 112686
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)
Location in Country Kapilbastu District of Lumbini Zone, and Banke and Bardiya districts of Bheri Zone.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Bheri
200
Lumbini
80
Bagmati
60
Rapti
20
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)
Location in Country Kapilbastu District of Lumbini Zone, and Banke and Bardiya districts of Bheri Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 4
  Bheri 200
  Lumbini 80
  Bagmati 60
  Rapti 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Awadhi (300 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
60
Hindi
20
Primary Language Awadhi (300 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 60
  Hindi 20
People Groups Speaking Awadhi

Primary Language:  Awadhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1820-1911)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1996)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2000-2005)
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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings StoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Awadhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video New Life
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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.
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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