Bania, Porwal in Sri Lanka


Population
1,900
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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)


People Name General Bania, Porwal
People Name in Country Bania, Porwal
Population in Sri Lanka 1,900
World Population 334,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names Bania Seth, Jangada, Jangada Porwal, Marwadi, Parwar, Ponwar, Porwad, Porwal, Porwal Jain, Porwar, Purwar
People ID 19719
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language: Marwari (1,900 speakers)
Language Code: rwr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Marwari (1,900 speakers)
Language Code: rwr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Marwari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1815-1867)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1821)
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marwari
Film / Video Ravi's Way (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Welcome Jesus (Indigitube.tv)
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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 Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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