Labana, Sikh in India






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Introduction / History

Lobanas (or Labana) are a tribe which live all over India. Labanas have their own language called "Lubanki" which is a dialect. However, this language is only spoken by Labanas outside the Punjab, state of India. The Labanas of Punjab and Haryana are mostly Sikhs and speak mainly Punjabi or Hindi.

The term Lobana appears to have been derived from LUN ("salt") and the BANA ("trade"). The Lobanas were the great salt-carrying and salt-trading community. They were occasionally called Banjaras. Locally, they were known by different names in parts of the Panjab. In Ambala district, for example, on account of their versatility in adopting different vocations, the lobanas were called "Bahrupias"

It is said that Lobanas are of Turkish origin they travel from Turkey toward India and that is why they are also called "Banjaras" because during travel they have to set up some business on their way.

Different views are prevalent about the origin of the Lobanas. In Ludhiana and Jhang districts, the Lobanas claimed to be the descendants of Chauhan Rajputs of Jaipur and Jodhpur. In Gujrat district, they claimed to be Ragubansi Rajputs. The Lobanas of Kangra and Hoshiarpur districts claimed their origin from the Gaur Brahmins of Pilibhit. A good number of them traced their origin from Gaur Brahmins who came to the Panjab from Ranthambore in Aurangzeb's time.

It appears to be possibly appropriate to regard the Lobanas as a sub-division of the great Banjara tribe, forming one of their principal sub-castes.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-23
People Name General Labana, Sikh
People Name in Country Labana, Sikh
Population in India 365,000
World Population 365,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Labane, Labhana, Lavana, Lobana
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Labana, Sikh
Ethnic Code CNN25n
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern (315,000) Hindi (39,000) Bagri (7,900) Dogri (6,200)
Haryanvi (1,800) Kumaoni (300) Garhwali (200) Kangri (200)
Marwari (200) Bilaspuri (100) Awadhi (80) Kashmiri (30)
Haroti: Harauti (20) Mewari (20) Pahari, Mahasu (20) Dhundari (Unknown)
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch (Unknown) Merwari (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Eastern 315,000 Hindi 39,000
Bagri 7,900 Dogri 6,200
Haryanvi 1,800 Kumaoni 300
Garhwali 200 Kangri 200
Marwari 200 Bilaspuri 100
Awadhi 80 Kashmiri 30
Haroti: Harauti 20 Mewari 20
Pahari, Mahasu 20 Dhundari 10
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch 10 Merwari 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1959-2002)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Language Film
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-23

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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