Bania, Nima in India


Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Nima only in India

Population

119,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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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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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-27
People Name General Bania, Nima
People Name in Country Bania, Nima
Population in India 119,000
World Population 119,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown 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 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (38,000) Madhya Pradesh (17,000) Gujarat (17,000) Rajasthan (12,000)
Delhi (2,300) Telangana (700) Andhra Pradesh (600) Chhattisgarh (100)
Odisha (20)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (38,000) Madhya Pradesh (17,000)
Gujarat (17,000) Rajasthan (12,000)
Delhi (2,300) Telangana (700)
Andhra Pradesh (600) Chhattisgarh (100)
Odisha (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (31,000) Marathi (21,000) Gujarati (16,000) Konkani (6,200)
Marwari (4,300) Nimadi (2,900) Dhundari (2,500) Khandesi (1,300)
Merwari (500) Malvi (500) Mewari (200) Kachchi (100)
Chhattisgarhi (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 31,000 Marathi 21,000
Gujarati 16,000 Konkani 6,200
Marwari 4,300 Nimadi 2,900
Dhundari 2,500 Khandesi 1,300
Merwari 500 Malvi 500
Mewari 200 Kachchi 100
Chhattisgarhi 30
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
36.38 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
63.62 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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