Magar, Eastern


A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Magar, Magari, Manggar

462,000 in Nepal (2001 census), decreasing. 789,000 all Magar in Nepal (2011 census). The identification of Magars is complicated by the fact that a number of other ethnic groups (Chantyal, Kham, Kaike, Kusunda, Raute, Raji) have claimed to be Magars to outsiders. Population total all countries: 533,700. Isolated enclaves of monolinguals are found in Nawalparasi and southern Tanahu districts. Ethnic population: 1,620,000 (2001 census). Includes Eastern and Western Magar.


Gandaki Zone, Tanahu and south Gorkha districts; Lumbini Zone, Palpa and Nawalparasi districts, east of Bagmati river, central mountains; Janakpur Zone, Sindhuli district. Kosi Zone scattered, Bhojpur, Terhathum, Dhankuta districts; Sagarmatha Zone, Okhaldhunga district; Mechi Zone, Taplejung, Ilam districts.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Magar.


Gorkha, Nawalparasi, Tanahu. Also long-extant migrant communities scattered throughout the Eastern Development Region speak a different variety from those west of Kathmandu. Reports of intelligibility between these varieties vary.

Language Use

Also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Poetry. Dictionary. NT: 1991.

Akkha script [Qabl]. Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu.

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