Thakuri in India


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

Introduction / History

Though the centuries the Thakuri people have held high status both in Nepal and in India. There were Thakuri kings in Nepal as early as the 600s.

Though opinions differ, people have associated the Thakuris with Rajputs and Chhetris, both forward caste groups in the Hindu hierarchy. In order to preserve their wealth and power, they married near cousins for centuries.


Where Are they Located?

Most Thakuri people live in western Nepal and India's northeastern states. There are some scattered Thakuris in other parts of India as well.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today many Thakuris are landlords who control the agricultural means of production. Those who live at lower elevations make a subsistence living. Speaking to other Thakuris, one blogger said that they need to adapt to today's world by working harder. He regards his people as lazy, prone to anger, and willing to spend their fast-depleting wealth on parties. Perhaps he is not giving his people enough credit; the Thakuris still hold many high positions even when they migrate to other parts of the world like England.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Thakuri people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Some worship and serve the gods they believe will benefit them. 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. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. Forward caste Hindus like the Thakuris often have a more philosophical bent to their form of Hinduism.

The main yearly holidays of the Thakuri 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?

Like other Hindus, the Thakuri need to find their way to the only Spirit Being who is both loving and sovereign over all. Someone needs to show these high caste Hindus the way to the cross.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thakuri in India.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Thakuri people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Thakuri families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Thakuri people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Thakuri people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18261/NP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thakuri
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Thakuri-People-of-Nepal/
http://peeksinthepast.blogspot.com/2012/06/in-search-of-meaning-of-word-thakuri.html
http://www.karma99.com/2013/04/ThakuriPeople.html
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=42065


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-05-19
People Name General Thakuri
People Name in Country Thakuri
World Population 438,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Thakurai; ठाकुरी
People ID 18261
ROP3 Code 113798
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 19
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Assam
30,000
Meghalaya
800
Uttarakhand
800
Arunachal Pradesh
300
Manipur
200
Delhi
200
Mizoram
200
Uttar Pradesh
100
Sikkim
100
Nagaland
80
West Bengal
70
Madhya Pradesh
60
Himachal Pradesh
40
Maharashtra
30
Jharkhand
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 19
  Assam 30,000
  Meghalaya 800
  Uttarakhand 800
  Arunachal Pradesh 300
  Manipur 200
  Delhi 200
  Mizoram 200
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Sikkim 100
  Nagaland 80
  West Bengal 70
  Madhya Pradesh 60
  Himachal Pradesh 40
  Maharashtra 30
  Jharkhand 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (31,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bengali
800
Assamese
500
Hindi
400
Darmiya
80
Chaudangsi
40
Primary Language Nepali (31,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 800
  Assamese 500
  Hindi 400
  Darmiya 80
  Chaudangsi 40
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)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
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 Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video New Way (Naya Goreto)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Until We Met
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: नेपाली - Nepali
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.55 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.43 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India 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 Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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