Kami in Bhutan


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

Introduction / History

The Kami people live in three countries: India, Nepal, and Bhutan, but only in the latter country are there no believers among them.


Where Are they Located?

The Kamis are Nepalis resident in West Bengal, India, though some have migrated to nearby Bhutan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kami people are a rural people known for metal working. They are divided into two groups: black smiths and gold, silver, and copper smiths. They supplement smithing with agricultural work. About a third are literate in Nepali. Many are bilingual, also speaking Hindi. The Kamis are also found in southern Sikkim, mostly in rural areas. In those areas, they engage in agriculture. Others serve as curers, who favor traditional medicines over the use of modern medicine.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As a rule, Kamis are Hindus. They worship different Hindu deities, and they go on pilgrimage to Hindu sacred sites in Darjeeling, a region of West Bengal. Some have converted to Buddhism and other religions, as well as Christianity, probably to be free of discrimination. This might be true of those living in Bhutan, where there is a Buddhist majority.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kami people, be they Hindu or Buddhist, need to put their faith and dependency in the God of the Bible.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kami in Bhutan.

Pray for the Christian Kamis to be more forthright in sharing their faith.
Pray for increased literacy and access to Scripture in their languages.
Pray for the JESUS Film to be shown in their communities.
Pray for churches to adopt the Kamis and pray for them regularly.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17069/NP
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17069/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2008/09/30


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kami
People Name in Country Kami
Population this Country 800
Population all Countries 1,535,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Biswakarma; Lohar; Sunar; Viswakarma; कमी
People ID 17069
ROP3 Code 112407
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Western
700
Eastern
80
Southern
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Western 700
  Eastern 80
  Southern 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Lepcha
Primary Language Nepali
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Lepcha
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
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video New Way (Naya Goreto)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Nepali
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
14.29 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
85.71 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bhutan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more