Pinjara in Nepal

Population

21,400

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

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Introduction / History

The Pinjara (Pinja, Penja, Bahna or Dhunia) derive their name from the term pinjala meaning 'cotton weaver.' Their traditional occupation is naturally one of cleaning and reeling cotton to make pillows, quilts or even mattresses. The over 3 million Pinjara can be found either Muslim or Hindu. It is believed that the Muslim Pinjara converted to Islam about 500 years ago during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Pinjara can today be found in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They live in over 500 districts of India and Nepal and speak more than a dozen different languages depending on their location. The Pinjara speak primarily Bhojpuri, Nepali, Maithili and Urdu. Although they are well over 90% Muslim the Pinjara can be found to keep Hindu festivals, even making vows to Hindu gods. The Pinjara are not vegetarian though do not eat pork. They occupy a higher than unclean status and can be found as both skilled and unskilled workers.


What are Their Needs?

Very little ministry activity has been focused on the Pinjara. Many Urdu resources are available although there is a severe lack of workers to this sizable Muslim group in India and Nepal. Pinjara are sometimes looked down on religiously because of their mixture of Islam and Hinduism beliefs. Pray that the Truth could be known and celebrated in Nepal.




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Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Districts of Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, and Banke.
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People Name General Pinjara
People Name in Country Pinjara
ROP3 Code 113353
Joshua Project People ID 17877
Indigenous Yes
Population in Nepal 21,400
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bahna, Behana, Daffali, Dhunia, Dhunkar, Laliwala, Mansoor, Mansoori, Naddaf, Noor, Panjara, Panjwara, Penja, Pinja, Pinjali, Pinjia, Punji, Shaikh Mansoor, Soria, Sulia, Tai,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri 7,150 Urdu 6,112 Nepali 3,955 Maithili 3,924
Awadhi 870 Panjabi, Eastern 82 Bengali 62 Rajbanshi 27
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Name General Pinjara
Ethnic Code CNN25r
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Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
100.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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