Bania, Kasarwani in India



Population

419,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


A Pilgrimage

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Introduction / History

The customer asked politely, "How do the accounts stand?" Chaturth looked through his record book and replied, "They are up to date. You have no payment due until next month." The customer paid for his groceries and left the family store.


What are Their Lives Like?

Chaturth is of the Kasarwani subgroup of the Bania caste. Kasar means "saffron" and wani means "tradesman." His people were originally sellers of saffron. Today most of them are money-lenders and grocers. They are noted for their light complexion, and are believed to have come from Mesopotamia near the location of Nebuchadnezzar's palace during the height of the Babylonian Empire.
Because they moved so often in the early days, they carried pots of soil from the place they came from in order to maintain their identity and remember their origin. They worship these pots. Some carry the soil from many lands, gathered as they moved along trade routes. Since settling in northern India, Hindi has become their main language, and Hinduism is the religion of all but about .06 percent of these nearly 400,000 people.


What are Their Needs?

Although there is a plethora of Christian outreach tools available in Hindi such as audio recordings, films, videos, tracts, and Bible translations, the Kasarwani hearts have remained closed to the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will woo these unreached people.
* Pray that God will cast down the principalities and powers that are the gatekeepers to their souls, and that Jesus will reveal Himself in power and glory to multitudes of precious Kasarwani people.

References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-22
People Name General Bania, Kasarwani
People Name in Country Bania, Kasarwani
Population in India 419,000
World Population 420,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kesarwani, Kesarwani Baniya, Pachhaiha Thok Kasarwani, Purbia Thok Kasarwani
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Kasarwani
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19702
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  22  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (196,000) Rajasthan (59,000) Bihar (42,000) Gujarat (20,000)
Madhya Pradesh (18,000) Chhattisgarh (16,000) West Bengal (12,000) Assam (12,000)
Maharashtra (9,000) Haryana (8,000) Delhi (6,200) Punjab (3,300)
Odisha (2,400) Jharkhand (2,200) Uttarakhand (1,500) Tripura (1,000)
Chandigarh (400) Himachal Pradesh (90) Daman and Diu (80) Pondicherry (50)
Total States on file:  22  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (196,000) Rajasthan (59,000)
Bihar (42,000) Gujarat (20,000)
Madhya Pradesh (18,000) Chhattisgarh (16,000)
West Bengal (12,000) Assam (12,000)
Maharashtra (9,000) Haryana (8,000)
Delhi (6,200) Punjab (3,300)
Odisha (2,400) Jharkhand (2,200)
Uttarakhand (1,500) Tripura (1,000)
Chandigarh (400) Himachal Pradesh (90)
Daman and Diu (80) Pondicherry (50)
Languages & Dialects on file:  29  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (287,000) Bhojpuri (27,000) Gujarati (18,000) Marwari (15,000)
Bengali (13,000) Dhundari (7,500) Chhattisgarhi (6,700) Bagheli (5,100)
Assamese (5,100) Marathi (4,900) Magahi (3,900) Shekhawati (3,700)
Awadhi (2,500) Bagri (1,900) Kanauji (1,900) Oriya (1,300)
Mewari (1,000) Konkani (800) Bundeli (700) Merwari (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 287,000 Bhojpuri 27,000
Gujarati 18,000 Marwari 15,000
Bengali 13,000 Dhundari 7,500
Chhattisgarhi 6,700 Bagheli 5,100
Assamese 5,100 Marathi 4,900
Magahi 3,900 Shekhawati 3,700
Awadhi 2,500 Bagri 1,900
Kanauji 1,900 Oriya 1,300
Mewari 1,000 Konkani 800
Bundeli 700 Merwari 600
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.95 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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