Silpkar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

The name Shilpakar is generally used for the communities categorized lowly and residing in the hilly areas of Uttar Pradesh. The Shilpakar are also known as Dom, Dum, Ram, Arya and Harijan. The Shilpakar belong to an aboriginal non-Aryan stock and it is said that they were reduced to a state of slavery by the Khasia and later on by the immigrant high castes in the historical past.

They speak the Kumaoni and Garwali languages. They also use Hindi while communicating with others. Their staple cereals are wheat, rice and maize.

The Shilpakar are divided into different hierarchically arranged groups based on their hereditary occupations. The first group is referred to as Mistri, which includes Lohar, Tamta and Orh, etc. The second group includes drummers such as the Dhobi, Damai and Bajgi. The third group includes serfs, vagrants and beggars.

Various occupational groups of the Shilpakar still pursue their traditional hereditary occupations such as black smithy, copper smithy, basketry, masonry, oil-pressing, drum-beating and leather-work, etc. They also engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry, manufacture agricultural implements, making baskets and household utensils, etc.

Marriages are permitted in groups belonging to the same status. Adult marriage is the norm through negotiation. They cremate the dead and the death pollution is observed. The incidence of colour-blindness is 1.7 per cent among them.

Some of their deities are Bhairon, Betal, Kalchhin, Kalua, Chhurmall and Gangnath, etc. These deities are worshipped as family, village and regional deities.

Alternate names: Shilpakar, Athapahariya, Aagri, Badde, Bairi, Bakharia, Beda, Chanyal, Damai, Dholi, Dhaloti, Dhunar, Kolai, Kolta, Kumbhar, Mour, Lohar, Okhera Parki, Rudia, Tamta.


Prayer Points

For the salvation of the Shilpakar people.
That the Shilpakar people may transform their caste ridden society
For good educational facilities, rehabilitation and vocational training.
For health problems such as colour-blindness may be healed.


Scripture Prayers for the Silpkar (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Silpkar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Silpkar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation SILP-kar
Population this Country 69,000
Population all Countries 1,158,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Badde; Bairi; Beda; Chanyal; Damai; Dhaloti; Dholi; Dhunar; Kolai; Kolta; Kumbhar; Lohar; Mour; Orh; Rudia; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; Tamta; Tirwa; सिलपकार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18107
ROP3 Code 113610
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kanchanpur District of Mahakali Zone.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Seti
43,000
Mahakali
21,000
Bheri
2,500
Lumbini
900
Bagmati
500
Rapti
200
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kanchanpur District of Mahakali Zone..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 6
  Seti 43,000
  Mahakali 21,000
  Bheri 2,500
  Lumbini 900
  Bagmati 500
  Rapti 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (44,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Dotyali
11,000
Awadhi
2,700
Kumaoni
2,200
Sunwar: Surel
100
Hindi
20
Garhwali
10
Primary Language Nepali (44,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Dotyali 11,000
  Awadhi 2,700
  Kumaoni 2,200
  Sunwar: Surel 100
  Hindi 20
  Garhwali 10
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1914-2012)
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Bible-NT Text Online
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Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
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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.
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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