Basith, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Basith, Hindu traditions only in India






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Main Language


Introduction / History

The Basith people are mainly farmers, and most of them live in Jammu and Kashmir. They are Hindu, but not vegetarian. The men drink alcohol, which they buy at local markets. Never the less, they worship any Hindu gods, as well as their own clan deities. Relationships between men and women are slightly unusual. When there is a divorce, the man is responsible for the children. Daughters share in parental inheritance that usually only goes to sons. Women contribute to the family income by doing odd jobs, and enjoy equal status with men. Basith couples prefer small families with only about three children. Though the Basith speak a Pahari language with one another, they usually also speak Hindi or Urdu as a trade language with outsiders.
Pray for Pahari, Hindi, and Urdu materials to find their way into Basith communities. Pray for believers to use drama and storying techniques to teach them biblical messages.


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

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People Name General Basith, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Basith, Hindu traditions
Population in India 29,000
World Population 29,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Asithi, Bashishth Rajput
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jammu and Kashmir (29,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jammu and Kashmir (29,000)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kashmiri (21,000) Hindi (3,800) Gujari (2,300) Dogri (1,400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kashmiri 21,000 Hindi 3,800
Gujari 2,300 Dogri 1,400
Ladakhi 0
For Primary Language: Kashmiri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1813-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1813-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1899-2005)
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Kashmiri Film / Video
Kashmiri Language Film Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Oral Bible stories in Kashmiri Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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0.00 %
Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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