21,800 in Nepal (2001 census), decreasing. Population total all countries: 42,200. Ethnic population: 72,600.
Janakpur Zone, Ramechhap district, Chisapani, Bhatauli, Pagarbas, Bhaluwajor, and Rakathum VDCs. Also in India.
Manthali, Rajgaun, Sitkha.
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; no noun classes or genders; content q-word in situ; 1 prefix, up to 2 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person and number; split ergativity based on nominal hierarchy (the first and second person pronouns do not code ergativity but the third person pronouns do); passives and voice; nontonal; 29 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes
Distinct from Majhi in Panjabi group or Bote [bmj]. Majhi, Bote, and Kushar all are used by hill peoples. Hindu, Christian.