Lohar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Kanaujia 3,500
Mahul 2,200
Mathuria 200

Introduction / History

The Lohar are a people whose traditional occupation was forging and making iron tools. There are Hindu, Muslim and Sikh Lohar who live in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. In former times, the Lohar would travel from village to village selling and repairing iron tools. With the coming of modern factories that make steel implements, the Lohar’s economic level has declined. They have had to seek other kinds of employment. The Lohar speak the language of where they live. The primary language of the Lohar in Nepal is Maithlili. Many Lohar men also speak Hindi which allows them to communicate with most peoples in north India and Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Nepal is a small landlocked country of the Himalayas, the highest mountain chain in the world. A series of recent earthquakes have hurt the already precarious Nepalese economy. Tourism and agriculture are Nepal’s two main sources of wealth. Most Lohar live in poverty. Their fortunes have declined as inexpensive steel manufactured tools became available. They have gone into other jobs such as agriculture, construction and factory work. The Lohar area primarily oral culture. More men are able to read and write than women. Children often quit school early to help their parents earn a living. The nomadic lifestyle also makes education difficult for Lohar children to attend school. Other people sometimes see the Lohar as thieves due to their traveling from place to place. The Lohar are frequently seen a Dalits, those outside the Hindu caste system. As a result the Lohar face discrimination. Families arrange marriages. Lohar marry within their group and religion but not from their own clan. Sons inherit the property of their fathers. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. The Lohar eat meat except for beef. Most of their diet consists of vegetables and rice due to their impoverished economic level.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Lohar are Hindus although some are Muslims and Sikhs. Hindu Lohar pay special reverence to Rama, the god of moral virtue and Kali, the goddess of death and time. 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. The Lohar visit Hindu shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Lohar 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 Lohar need help in educating their children. Rural Lohar need access to modern medicine and clean water. The Lohar would benefit from learning new job skills. Most of all, the Lohar must hear the lifechanging message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Lohar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.

*Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to the Nepalese Lohar to tell them about Jesus. *Pray that Lohar parents are able to provide adequately for their children and send them to school. *Pray that visual and oral Christian resources would become available and are able to reach the Nepalese Lohar. *Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Lohar of Nepal in this decade.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/lohar/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Lohar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Lohar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation LOW-har
Population this Country 99,000
Population all Countries 9,737,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Ahangar; Barhi; Battarha; Dodai; Dodo; Kamar; Kammara; Khar; Lohandia; Lohar; Loharia; Lohura; Lonar; Luhar; Luhara; Luharani; Mistri; Mistry; Nar; Ojali; Ojula; Ozulu; Panchal; Raj; Raj Mistri; Ramgarhia; Sandhan; Sejwani; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; Silpkar; Sree Panchal; Sri Panchal; Thawai; Vishwakama; Vishwakarma; Viswabrahma; Viswakarma; Vojali; लोहार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17379
ROP3 Code 112774
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
Narayani
28,000
Janakpur
23,000
Mahakali
17,000
Seti
12,000
Lumbini
9,800
Sagarmatha
3,000
Bheri
2,000
Karnali
1,800
Bagmati
1,300
Kosi
1,100
Mechi
400
Gandaki
100
Rapti
60
Dhaulagiri
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)
Total States 14
  Narayani 28,000
  Janakpur 23,000
  Mahakali 17,000
  Seti 12,000
  Lumbini 9,800
  Sagarmatha 3,000
  Bheri 2,000
  Karnali 1,800
  Bagmati 1,300
  Kosi 1,100
  Mechi 400
  Gandaki 100
  Rapti 60
  Dhaulagiri 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (44,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Nepali
22,000
Bhojpuri
20,000
Dotyali
7,200
Awadhi
5,400
Hindi
3,100
Kumaoni
1,100
Magahi
300
Marwari
60
Angika
40
Bantawa
20
Primary Language Maithili (44,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 22,000
  Bhojpuri 20,000
  Dotyali 7,200
  Awadhi 5,400
  Hindi 3,100
  Kumaoni 1,100
  Magahi 300
  Marwari 60
  Angika 40
  Bantawa 20
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1986-2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path (Maithili)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.89 %
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 (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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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