Rajbhar in Nepal


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Rajbhar people are among the original peoples in South Asia. Some would regard them as "scheduled castes" while others believe they are "other backward castes." In either case, they have low status in Hindu society.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Rajbhar live scattered throughout India's eastern states, but a smaller number live either in Bangladesh or Nepal. One report says they also have a large community in India's state of Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture is their main work. Many of them work for other people, especially Muslims. The more fortunate ones among them are shop owners. They are not vegetarians, but rice is their staple food. The only meat they will not eat is beef because of their Hindu beliefs.

Like other peoples in South Asia they have birth and marriage rituals, and they cremate their dead. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property. They do not use family planning. They do not condemn sexual immorality. Marriages are usually monogamous, unless the first wife approves him taking a second wife. When a spouse dies, the widowed is allowed to remarry. They have a community council to look after their needs and to settle their disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all are Hindu. Traditionally they were especially devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Today they worship many Hindu gods and participate in festivals like Holi and Diwali. They fear evil spirits so much that some will sacrifice a pig to protect themselves from harm.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rajbhar people need to have the chance to live life to the full through a relationship with Jesus Christ (Jn 10:10). They need freedom from fear of evil spirits.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rajbhar in Nepal.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Rajbhar people.
* Pray for the Rajbhar people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Rajbhar people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Rajbhar communities in India and Bangladesh.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajbhar
https://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=42085
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/bhar/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Rajbhar
People Name in Country Rajbhar
World Population 86,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Batai; Bhar; Bhat; Brahmabhat; Lajjhar; Mandal; Raghubansi; Raghvi; Raghvi Raghuvansi; Rai; Rajjhar; Ramavat; राजभर
People ID 17930
ROP3 Code 113416
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 12
Largest States
Lumbini
5,000
Kosi
1,800
Narayani
1,000
Sagarmatha
900
Janakpur
400
Mahakali
400
Seti
300
Bheri
200
Bagmati
100
Gandaki
60
Rapti
40
Mechi
10
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 12
  Lumbini 5,000
  Kosi 1,800
  Narayani 1,000
  Sagarmatha 900
  Janakpur 400
  Mahakali 400
  Seti 300
  Bheri 200
  Bagmati 100
  Gandaki 60
  Rapti 40
  Mechi 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhojpuri (6,900 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Maithili
3,000
Nepali
400
Awadhi
300
Kumaoni
200
Angika
100
Dotyali
80
Magahi
40
Primary Language Bhojpuri (6,900 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Maithili 3,000
  Nepali 400
  Awadhi 300
  Kumaoni 200
  Angika 100
  Dotyali 80
  Magahi 40
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri

Primary Language:  Bhojpuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1911-1982)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1998-2006)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bhojpuri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.