Bania, Bais in Nepal

Population

230

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

Their name means "one who occupies the soil." While that might have applied to their landownership, it could just have easily been a description of their domination of their region. The Bais come from a powerful ancient Hindu warrior caste called the Rajputs that ruled parts of South Asia for centuries. As often happened in Indian history, those who had military power also owned good farmland. For many generations the Bais have been both powerful and wealthy.


What are Their Lives Like?

In the world's eyes the Bais find themselves much admired. They are a proud people known for their wealth and entrepreneurism. In the spiritual realm, however, the Bais are poverty stricken.


What are Their Beliefs?

Only a very few have responded to the person of Jesus Christ. The rest continue to worship a pantheon of Hindu gods that leave them spiritually destitute.
Aside from false religion, perhaps one of the biggest obstacles keeping the Bais from knowing God is their standing in society. Like other people of high status, they find it difficult to admit their sins, surrender themselves to God, and receive His gift of salvation. Like the rich young ruler, many refuse to risk their status and wealth for eternity in Paradise.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Bais to be granted the humility necessary to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
* Ask God to thrust forth workers to this people group who can communicate the gospel in a way the Bais can clearly understand.
* Pray for the believers among the Bais to boldly share their faith.

References

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



People Name General Bania, Bais
People Name in Country Bania, Bais
Population in Nepal 230
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baish, Maheshwari, Podar, Said, Sandri, Suri
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Bais
Ethnic Code CNN25
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili (200) Hindi (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 200 Hindi 50
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
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 Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Scripture Earth Online Printed Bible
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

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