Bania, Lingayat in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Lingayat only in India

Population

90,100

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

Are they a religious group? A caste? An ethnic group? A community? The Lingayats can fall into any of these four categories. Not many of us can trace our community roots back to the 12th century, but the Lingayat Bania people can do it. The Lingayats are primarily involved in agriculture, but trade and industry are also quite lucrative occupations for them. They deal regularly in grain, cloth, groceries, and spices. Lingayats also play a vital role in the economic, social, educational, and political life of the state of Karnataka.


What are Their Beliefs?

Most Lingayats are very committed Hindus, observing all major Hindu holidays and practices. They hold the belief that they themselves can become gods. They actually hold many peculiar beliefs that set them apart from other Hindus. Their beliefs are so unusual that some people regard them as members of a separate religion. Lingayat marriages are arranged, either by the proposed husband's side of the family or the proposed wife's side. In the Lingayat community it is not unusual for someone to marry a close relative. For example, a man could marry his sister's daughter or the daughter of his maternal uncle.


Prayer Points

* Pray that there would be more contacts between the Lingayats and the people of Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the modernization of India would encourage missionaries to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Lingayat people.

References

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



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Bania, Lingayat
People Name in Country Bania, Lingayat
ROP3 Code 115161
Joshua Project People ID 19709
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 90,100
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Hugar, Jangam, Jeer, Jir, Lingadhari, Lingangani, Lingawant, Nagartha, Sivabhakta, Veerasaiva,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Language Unknown 90,000
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Lingayat
Ethnic Code CNN25
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Largest Religion Other / Small
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.13%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
99.87%
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%
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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