Thakuri 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

Though the centuries the Thakuri people have held high status both in Nepal and in India. There were Thakuri kings in Nepal as early as the 600s.

Though opinions differ, people have associated the Thakuris with Rajputs and Chhetris, both forward caste groups in the Hindu hierarchy. In order to preserve their wealth and power, they married near cousins for centuries.


Where Are they Located?

Most Thakuri people live in western Nepal and India's northeastern states. There are some scattered Thakuris in other parts of India as well.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today many Thakuris are landlords who control the agricultural means of production. Those who live at lower elevations make a subsistence living. Speaking to other Thakuris, one blogger said that they need to adapt to today's world by working harder. He regards his people as lazy, prone to anger, and willing to spend their fast-depleting wealth on parties. Perhaps he is not giving his people enough credit; the Thakuris still hold many high positions even when they migrate to other parts of the world like England.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Thakuris are almost entirely Hindu. They trust in spiritual powers and spirit beings. Rituals are important to high caste Hindus. To them following caste obligations and customs is the best way to live a spiritually-fulfilling life.


What Are Their Needs?

Like other Hindus, the Thakuri need to find their way to the only Spirit Being who is both loving and sovereign over all. Someone needs to show these high caste Hindus the way to the cross.


Prayer Points

Pray for Nepali believers to be energized in their efforts to reach all the people groups of Nepal, including the Thakuris, with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Thakuri people to be ready and responsive when they hear the gospel.
Pray for a Holy Spirit empowered discipleship movement among Thakuri people in both India and Nepal.


Scripture Prayers for the Thakuri in Nepal.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Thakuri-People-of-Nepal/
http://peeksinthepast.blogspot.com/2012/06/in-search-of-meaning-of-word-thakuri.html
http://www.karma99.com/2013/04/ThakuriPeople.html
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=42065


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-21
People Name General Thakuri
People Name in Country Thakuri
Population this Country 487,000
Population all Countries 526,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
Alternate Names Thakurai; ठाकुरी
People ID 18261
ROP3 Code 113798
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country East and south central.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Bheri
125,000
Karnali
80,000
Seti
69,000
Mahakali
59,000
Bagmati
35,000
Lumbini
29,000
Gandaki
27,000
Rapti
26,000
Dhaulagiri
11,000
Narayani
7,400
Janakpur
4,300
Kosi
3,900
Sagarmatha
3,400
Mechi
1,000
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country East and south central..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 14
  Bheri 125,000
  Karnali 80,000
  Seti 69,000
  Mahakali 59,000
  Bagmati 35,000
  Lumbini 29,000
  Gandaki 27,000
  Rapti 26,000
  Dhaulagiri 11,000
  Narayani 7,400
  Janakpur 4,300
  Kosi 3,900
  Sagarmatha 3,400
  Mechi 1,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (374,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Dotyali
46,000
Humla
1,600
Bhojpuri
1,300
Lepcha
600
Musasa
400
Maithili
400
Bote
200
Chamling
200
Tamang, Western
200
Bantawa
200
Lhowa
60
Yakkha, Chhathare
40
Chhintang
30
Primary Language Nepali (374,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Dotyali 46,000
  Humla 1,600
  Bhojpuri 1,300
  Lepcha 600
  Musasa 400
  Maithili 400
  Bote 200
  Chamling 200
  Tamang, Western 200
  Bantawa 200
  Lhowa 60
  Yakkha, Chhathare 40
  Chhintang 30
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video New Way (Naya Goreto) Create International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version Super Bible / Comic Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Nepali YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
1.39 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.57 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.02 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.02 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
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