Kalwar Iraqi (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

The Kalwars were traditionally distillers and sellers of alcohol in north and central India. Their name comes from the Sanskrit word for "distiller of liquor." Since this profession was considered demeaning by most castes in Indian society, many Kalwars around the year 1900 began to leave their original trade for other careers. Although some of the Kalwars still are in the liquor business, most have taken jobs in agriculture, business, military and government service.

The Kalwar speak the primary languages of the states where they live including Hindi, Bengali and Magahi. In some of the Indian states where the Kalwar live, they are given the status of being a Scheduled Caste, meaning they get public jobs and special access to university admissions.


Where Are they Located?

The Hindu Iraqi Kalwar people live in the northern and eastern sections of India. A smaller number live in Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kalwars are not vegetarians but they will not eat beef or pork. Rice and wheat are their staples along with vegetables, fruit and dairy products.

The Iraqi Kalwars in Nepal are endogamous, that is they do not marry outsiders. Marriage outside of the immediate clan is permitted. Families arrange marriages that are officiated by a Brahmin priest. The newly married couple lives with or near the groom's family.

Monogamy (marriage to one spouse) and adult marriage are the general rule. Most Kalwars live in extended families. Sons inherit property with the oldest son receiving the family house and father's authority. Alcoholism is a problem among the Kalwars.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hindu Iraqi Kalwars in Nepal worship the deities of the Hindu pantheon, especially Vishnu, the preserver god and his consort Lakshmi. They also worship two of Vishnu's incarnations, Rama and Krishna.

A priest from their own community performs ceremonies that cure diseases and protect against evil spirits. They cremate their dead and scatter the ashes in a river, preferably the holy Ganges.

The Kalwars in Nepal participate in Hindu holidays like Holi, the festival of colors, Navratri, celebration of nine nights, Ramnavmi, the birthday of Rama and Janamashtami, the birthday of Krishna.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Iraqi Kalwar in Nepal need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ who died for their sins. They need to see Biblical Christianity lived out in the lives of true believers. They need to have the opportunity to join Bible-believing churches in their languages.


Prayer Points

Pray the Lord would send Indian believers to befriend and work with Kalwar communities.
Pray that each Hindu Kalwar would have the opportunity to hear the gospel in an understandable way.
Pray the Lord would win Hindu Iraqi Kalwar families in Nepal to Himself and begin Bible believing fellowships in their midst.


Scripture Prayers for the Kalwar Iraqi (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


References

http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/kalwar/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalwar_(caste)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kalwar Iraqi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kalwar Iraqi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation KAHL-wahr
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 79,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Rahki; Ranki; कलवार इराक़ी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21148
ROP3 Code 117971
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)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Lumbini
500
Narayani
200
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)
Total States 2
  Lumbini 500
  Narayani 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhojpuri (500 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Maithili
100
Primary Language Bhojpuri (500 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Maithili 100
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri
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.
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