Magahia Kumhar in Nepal


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* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

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.


Where Are they Located?

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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


What Are Their Needs?

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.


Prayer Points

* 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.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21176/NP
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21176/IN
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/kumhar/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumhar


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kumhar Magahia
People Name in Country Kumhar Magahia
Natural Name Magahia Kumhar
World Population 175,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Maghi; कुम्हार मागाहिया
People ID 21176
ROP3 Code 117999
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 3
Largest States
Janakpur
500
Sagarmatha
500
Kosi
200
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 3
  Janakpur 500
  Sagarmatha 500
  Kosi 200
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Maithili (1,100 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Maithili (1,100 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1986-2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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World Bibles
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
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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