15,250, all users. 11,700 (2011 census). 3,550 (2011 census).
Sagarmatha zone: Khotang district; Kathmandu; northeast Okhaldhunga district, Barnalu, Baruneswor, Bhadaure, Bigutar, Diyale, Harkapur, Mamkha, Okhaldhunga, Ragdip, Ratmate, Rumjatar, and Serna VDCs (Rumdali dialect); southeast Okhaldhunga district, Ketuke, Moli, Ubu, and Waksa VDCs (Tolacha dialect); Solukhumbu district south tip, Necha Batase and Sallyan VDCs.
6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Rai.
Rumdali, Nechali, Tolacha, Moblocha, Hangu. 85% or above intelligibility among all dialects. Rumdali is best understood among all Bahing dialects (Lee et al 2005); Bahing is more homogeneous than most Kiranti languages. Related to Sunwar [suz]. Lexical similarity: 83%–95% with dialects, 48% with Sunwar [suz] (Lee et al 2005).
Reportedly still used often by younger generation. Shift to Nepali [npi] relatively low (Winter and Hansson 1991); High vitality (Lee et al 2005). Home, friends, religion, work. All ages. Positive attitudes. Many also use Nepali [npi] (Lee et al 2005). Used as L2 by Bantawa [bap], Nepali [npi], Thulung [tdh], Wambule [wme].
Devanagari script [Deva].
Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.