Tajpuriya in Nepal

The Tajpuriya have only been reported 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

There is no written history about the Tajpuria tribes. It is believed that in ancient time their ancestor came from Tejpur in North India. Because of this, their tribes are called Tajpuria. Long ago a man named Susarma ruled as king in Samaygadh (today, the Topgachhi, Jhapa district). The Tajpuria are his descendants.
They have their own language called Tajpuri and they also speak the Nepali language.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They practice farming on borrowed land; they don't have their own land. They also love to fish. Only a small percentage is educated and only a handful have master's degrees. These tribes are very poor. Their houses are made of mud and bamboo. These are all built in close proximity as a community. The bridegroom's family goes to the house of the bride's family to arrange the marriage. Once arranged, a representative from the bridegroom's family again goes to bride's house with clothes and ornaments to signify that the marriage is officially arranged. At the wedding the bride wears a special dress made of cotton. It is a 16 foot long sari. The groom wears a Dhoti and Ganji made of cotton.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tajpuria people have their own religious culture though they like to be called Hindus. They celebrate religious festivals such as Dashain and Aunshi once a year. They have a dance called Huka-Huki during the Aunshi Festival. They make rope from a plant called sanpat. This is then burned and thrown into the air in memory of their ancestors. They also worship oxen during the Aunshi Festival. They prepare a special herb and feed it to the oxen.
They follow the tradition of their ancestors, worshiping three gods and goddesses:Thakur (Male) and Barmani (Female) are representations of Shiva and Parvati, his wife. The third god is Maharaja pua. It is believed that in ancient time when they came to Nepal there was many wild gods. They selected one of them for their protection and began to worship. They have no physical representation for these gods and goddesses.


What Are Their Needs?

Tajpuria people lack financial means for education. They need education in finances regarding micro projects and savings. They need education regarding health and proper sanitation.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tajpuriya in Nepal.

Pray that the Tajpuria people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.
Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among them to begin this decade.
Pray to win this community for Jesus Christ. They are not very open to the gospel, and they need their own people to be raised up to preach in their own language.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tajpuriya
People Name in Country Tajpuriya
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 19,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names ताजपूरिया
People ID 19328
ROP3 Code 115556
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 6
Largest States
Mechi
12,000
Kosi
6,400
Bagmati
200
Narayani
80
Gandaki
30
Seti
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 6
  Mechi 12,000
  Kosi 6,400
  Bagmati 200
  Narayani 80
  Gandaki 30
  Seti 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Rajbanshi (19,000 speakers)
Language Code rjs   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Nepali
400
Rangpuri
200
Maithili
Primary Language Rajbanshi (19,000 speakers)
Language Code rjs   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Nepali 400
  Rangpuri 200
  Maithili 0
People Groups Speaking Rajbanshi

Primary Language:  Rajbanshi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2005-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2009)
Bible-Complete No
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)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Rajbanshi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.30 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.07 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.47 %
Unknown
0.05 %
* From latest Nepal 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 Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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