Bania, Porwal in Sri Lanka

Population

1,850

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

"Rishabh! Don't ever forget our past!" The old man called to his grandson as he lounged on the couch. "Let me tell you about the time our ancestors built the Adinath Temple. It was the year 961 AD by the time they even finished…" he began. He went on to describe the details of how they built the impressive Jain temple, despite many obstacles. The boy settled himself in to hear the story yet again.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Porwal (also called Porvad or Porwad) are a community of Banias who, long ago, were great in number and in riches. They built many of the most famous Jain temples. Now other Jain communities are larger and wealthier than the Porwals. They are still a wealthy people, but their numbers have fallen when compared to the other Jain groups around them. Today they number less than four million out of India's more than 1,215,000,000 people.


What are Their Beliefs?

Far smaller is the number of Christ followers among them. Their Jain beliefs offer them some good moral guidelines regarding the sanctity of life. But without a church or a Bible or any appropriate evangelistic tools, the Porwals remain without knowledge of a Savior who offers not only solid moral teachings about the importance of life, but also the chance to have a personal relationship with the God who created them.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Porwal people will soon get to hear the good news that Jesus Christ died for their sins.

References

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



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Country Sri Lanka
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
People Group Map Bania, Porwal in Sri Lanka PDF Version



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People Name General Bania, Porwal
People Name in Country Bania, Porwal
ROP3 Code 115172
Joshua Project People ID 19719
Indigenous Yes
Population in Sri Lanka 1,850
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Jangada, Marwadi, Parwar, Ponwar, Porwar,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marwari 1,850
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Porwal
Ethnic Code CNN25
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
100.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
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%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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