Kumhar is a caste of pottery makers and clay artists in India and Nepal. Within the Kumhar community, there are subgroups such as the Magahias and others.
The Magahia sector of the Kumhar caste live mainly in India’s states of West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. A smaller number live in Nepal.
The Maghia Kumhar people are monogamous, meaning marriage is between one man and one woman. Marriages are decided by the families of both parties and by the man and woman. They don’t allow for divorce. The bereaved can marry again. On the death of the father, the sons inherit the property. They often own land which they cultivate for their food needs. Some work in business. A caste council looks after their needs.
The Magahia Kumhar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. 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. 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.
The main yearly holidays of the Magahia Kumhar 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.
The Magahia Kumhar people need the chance to live the abundant life Christ offers all peoples and nations. They have very little chance to hear the gospel message at this time, and none of them are believers at this time.
* Scripture Prayers for the Kumhar Magahia in Nepal.
* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Magahia Kumhar 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 families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Magahia Kumhar people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Magahia Kumhar 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Kumhar Magahia|
|People Name in Country||Kumhar Magahia|
|Natural Name||Magahia Kumhar|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Maghi; कुम्हार मागाहिया|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||32 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Maithili
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1986-2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
|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||World Missionary Press Booklets|