Amat in Nepal

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Amat
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,500
World Population: 324,500
Primary Language: Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Amant people are also known as the Amanats. They speak Hindi. Like many Hindu communities, the Amant people place themselves higher in the caste system than others would. They consider themselves to be Sudras, a group that is the fourth and lowest of caste clusters. Others would consider them to be a group that is outside the caste system.

Though most are in eastern India, about 10 percent live in Nepal. In India they speak Hindi and in Nepal they speak Maithili.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are farmers, though some are artists, day laborers or carpenters.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Like many Hindu groups, the Amants' lives are crippled by astrology, which they think determines their destiny. Astrologers help them determine auspicious dates for important events like weddings. They worship Hindu gods such as Thakurani and Mahadev.

What Are Their Needs?

The Amat people need to put all their faith and trust in Jesus Christ so they can enjoy the abundant life he offers his children.

Prayer Points

Pray that entire Amat families will soon turn to Christ, who came to give them life, and life to the full.
Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.

Text Source:   Joshua Project