Bania, Komti in India


Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Komti only in India

Population

1,773,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

Laptops and stock market quotes are not what might typically come to mind when you think of India; but India's economy is changing very rapidly, making such things common in today's world. India's rapidly growing economy leans heavily on Bania communities like the Komtes. For centuries, the Komte Banias have enjoyed a monopoly in trade and business, thanks to their caste. They are one of the many money lending Bania subgroups. There are also many shopkeepers and sellers of dry goods among them. If you were a Bania and fell upon hard financial times, you would be provided for to a certain extent by your fellow Komtes. Beggars are very rare among any Bania group, including the Komtes.


What are Their Lives Like?

Komtes are bound together by a strong sense of caste devotion. Komte men settle disputes at meetings rather than allow disputes to fester. Smaller offences are punished with fines; more serious ones are referred to their religious leader who has the authority to banish people from the caste, if necessary.


What are Their Beliefs?

The Komte Banias are some of the least reached people in India. There are very few of them known to be followers of Jesus.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the rapid changes that have come to India will give the Komte Banias a chance to hear about Christ.
* Pray that they will not see biblical Christianity as a Western religion, but as a relationship with Jesus.

References

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


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-19
People Name General Bania, Komti
People Name in Country Bania, Komti
Population in India 1,773,000
World Population 1,773,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Arya Vaisya, Chetti, Chettiar, Gomatulu, Komati, Komati. Kumut, Komti, Komuti, Kumti, Kumut, Shetti, Shetty, Vaisiyal Chettiar, Vaisya, Vani, Vani, Chetti, Vani. Chetti, Vania, Vysya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Komti
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19707
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh (1,151,000) Telangana (509,000) Maharashtra (42,000) Karnataka (32,000)
Tamil Nadu (29,000) Odisha (9,900) Goa (2,200) Chhattisgarh (1,500)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh (1,151,000) Telangana (509,000)
Maharashtra (42,000) Karnataka (32,000)
Tamil Nadu (29,000) Odisha (9,900)
Goa (2,200) Chhattisgarh (1,500)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (1,710,000) Kannada (18,000) Konkani, Goan (1,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 1,710,000 Kannada 18,000
Konkani, Goan 1,500
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
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 Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.54 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.46 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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