Bania, Nima in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Nima only in India






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Introduction / History

The Nema are a Bania subcaste, the bulk of whom reside in the Saugor, Damoh, Narsinghpur and Seoni Districts. The origin of the name is obscure; the suggestion that it comes from Nimar appears to be untenable, as there are very few Nemas in that District.

The Nemas are most largely returned from Central India, and are probably a Bundelkhand group. They will eat food cooked without water with Golapurab Banias, who are also found in Bundelkhand.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nemas wear the sacred thread and apparently prohibit the remarriage of widows. The Nemas are considered to be very keen business men, and a saying about them is, "Where a sheep grazes or a Nema trades, what is there left for anybody else."

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are mainly Hindus, with a small minority of Jains. They say that when Parasurama was slaying the Kshatriyas fourteen young Rajput princes, who at the time were studying religion with their family priests, were saved by the latter on renouncing their Kshatriya status and declaring themselves to be Vaishyas. These fourteen princes were the ancestors of the fourteen "gotras" of the Nema subcaste, but the "gotras" actually bear the names of the fourteen Rishis or saints who saved their lives. These sections appear to be of the usual Brahmanical type, but marriage is regulated by another set of fifty-two subsections, with names which are apparently titular or territorial.

Like other Bania groups the Nemas are divided into Bisa and Dasa subdivisions or twenties and tens, the Bisa being of pure and the Dasa of irregular descent. There is also a third group of Pacha or fives, who appear to be the offspring of kept women. After some generations, when the details of their ancestry are forgotten, the Pachas probably obtain promotion into the Dasa group. The Bisa and Dasa groups take food together, but do not intermarry.

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People Name General Bania, Nima
People Name in Country Bania, Nima
Population in India 85,000
World Population 85,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mahajan, Neema, Nema, Nema Jain, Nemavisa
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Nima
Ethnic Code CNN25
People ID 19717
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (37,000) Madhya Pradesh (18,000) Gujarat (15,000) Rajasthan (12,000)
Delhi (2,300) Telangana (700) Chhattisgarh (100) Odisha (20)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (37,000) Madhya Pradesh (18,000)
Gujarat (15,000) Rajasthan (12,000)
Delhi (2,300) Telangana (700)
Chhattisgarh (100) Odisha (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (30,000) Marathi (21,000) Gujarati (14,000) Konkani (6,200)
Marwari (4,300) Nimadi (2,900) Dhundari (2,500) Khandesi (800)
Merwari (500) Malvi (500) Mewari (200) Kachchi (100)
Chhattisgarhi (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 30,000 Marathi 21,000
Gujarati 14,000 Konkani 6,200
Marwari 4,300 Nimadi 2,900
Dhundari 2,500 Khandesi 800
Merwari 500 Malvi 500
Mewari 200 Kachchi 100
Chhattisgarhi 30
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Other / Small

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
36.38 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
63.62 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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