Pinjara in Nepal

Population

19,800

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-17
People Name General Pinjara
People Name in Country Pinjara
Population in Nepal 19,800
World Population 3,509,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bahna, Behana, Daffali, Dhunia, Dhunkar, Laliwala, Mansoor, Mansoori, Naddaf, Noor, Panjara, Panjwara, Penja, Pinja, Pinjali, Pinjia, Punji, Shaikh Mansoor, Soria, Sulia, Tai
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Pinjara
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Districts of Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, and Banke.
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri (7,100) Urdu (6,100) Nepali (4,000) Maithili (3,900)
Awadhi (900) Panjabi, Eastern (80) Bengali (60) Rajbanshi (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri 7,100 Urdu 6,100
Nepali 4,000 Maithili 3,900
Awadhi 900 Panjabi, Eastern 80
Bengali 60 Rajbanshi 30
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1911-1982)
New Testament Yes   (1999-2006)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-17

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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