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Yakkha "Dewansala" (Nepal)

Yakkha people

There are about 29,000 Yakkha people in Nepal. The Yakkha are also known as the "Dewansala." The Yakkha economy is weak, as inadequate agricultural practices cannot conquer the complexities of the environment. They cultivate where possible (rice, maize, and potatoes), and raise farm animals. Farming is done by whole families plowing, planting, and harvesting and during harvest season; the community cooperates together.  

The Yakkha practice “Kirati,” a form of Shamanism, although in recent years many of them identify themselves as Buddhists and a few embrace the various Hindu customs and beliefs of the majority population. This leaves the community in a confusion of different beliefs and customs⁠—even in the same family. 

Among the Yakkha, Christianity is considered a low-caste or foreign religion. As a result, many Yakkha are very anti-Christian and would be excommunicated from their communities if they become a Christian. This kind of threatened separation from the tribe is a formidable barrier to most in the Yakkha  community. Embracing Christianity would bring peace in families that other religious systems cannot offer. Pray that the Yakkha would desire the unity and harmony that only Christ can bring to their communities. 

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