Indigenous Group Jirel (Also known as: Jiripas, Jiripa, Jirpa, Jiri, Jirial, Zaral, Ziral)
Location Nepal, Janakpur Zone, Dolkha and Sindhupalchok districts, Jiri and Jugu Valleys, Eastern hills. Also in Chhyatrapa, Lumbini and Nawalparasi districts.
Estimated Population 5319 (2001, Census)
Environment Highland
Lifestyle Sedentary
Subsistence Agriculture / Trade
Level of Assimilation Fairly Traditional
Language Family Jirel
Classification: Sino-Tibetan, Tibeto-Burman, Himalayish, Tibeto-Kanauri, Tibetic, Tibetan, Southern
Alternate Names: Ziral, Jiri, Jirial
Dialects: Accent differences, but not real dialects. Some comprehension of Lhasa Tibetan and some Tibetan dialects
Website URLs Ethnologue: A language of Nepal, Jirel
Wikipedia: The Jirel
The Jirel People
NGOs Magar Studies Centre
Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)
Poverty Alleviation Fund, Nepal (PAF)