Tharu, Kathariya


A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Kathariya, Kathoriya Tharu, Tharu

106,000 in Nepal (2006). Population for all Tharu varieties: 1,530,000 (2011 census).


Seti Zone, Kailali district, Hasuliya, Udasipur, Pahalmanpur, Lalbojhi, Thapapur, Joshipur, Munuwa, Durgauli, Patharaiya, and Chauha VDCs.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Tharu.


Speech differences between Nepal and India dialects. Lexical similarity: 70%–76% with Dangaura Tharu [thl] and Rana Tharu [thr], 66% with Hindi [hin], 66%–69% with Buksa [tkb], 63% with Chitwania [the], 51%–59% with Kochila Tharu [thq].


SOV; postpositions; noun head final (unmarked).

Language Use

Some shifting to Hindi [hin]. Also use Hindi [hin], Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: All Tharu as an ethnic group 28% (1991 census).

Devanagari script [Deva].

Other Comments

Hindu, Christian.

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