Thathera (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

Thathera (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Thathera (Hindu traditions)
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 700
World Population: 381,700
Primary Language: Maithili
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Thathera people say that they are descended from the Haihay kings which was a very old Hindu dynasty. They moved from Rajasthan in the 1800s and came to live in Rewari, located in the small north Indian state of Haryana. The Thatheras are Rajputs who are divided into 47 clans. A very small number live in Nepal.

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Hindu Thathera people now live in India's states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, but a small number live in Nepal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Thatheras earn their living in metal work and selling and repairing of household utensils. Many are farmers. They have a caste council to settle problems such as divorce and property conflicts. They have 47 clans, most of which are only in India.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Thathera people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India and Nepal. 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 Thathera 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 Thathera people need the chance to hear that Jesus Christ offers them life to the full if they would give Him their undivided devotion.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Thathera family and community leaders in Nepal to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Thathera people.
Pray that soon the Thathera people will have faith that is more durable than hard metal.

Text Source:   Keith Carey