The Tharu people number about three million souls who have lived in the Himalayan foothills in Southwest Nepal/Northeast India for over 400 years. They are a nature loving, short statured, strong, hard working, simple, largely illiterate people who are very skilled in farming and hunting in this rich land. Their immunity to malaria allowed them to occupy these malarial infested lands while at the same time keeping others out (until DDT pesticide came in which controlled the mosquito). Historically they were isolated and very self sufficient but have become disadvantaged by social, political and economic changes, especially in Nepal.

Historically they have been animistic in belief with an imposed Hinduism from the dominant culture around them. They are labeled as the lowest in that cast system. However, now there is a wonderful openness and receptivity to the Gospel which is now spreading among them.

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