Bania, Subarna Banik in Bangladesh

Population

5,430

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

The Subarna Banik Banias are an integral part of Indian society; they are found everywhere from small villages to large cities. Their transactions keep business flowing for the lowliest farmer who needs a loan to buy seed for next year's crop. They are also prominent in the import-export business and participate in international trade deals. To summarize, they like to make money and are a caste of money-lenders and merchants.
Like other Bania subgroups, Subarna Banik young men are trained to keep accounts and taught to view profit as the only credible outcome of any transaction. They are skilled in mental arithmetic and can calculate interest rates and other complex calculations. Even at the beginning of their trading careers, Banias learn to sell their inventories to make a profit.


What are Their Beliefs?

Some Subarna Banik follow the Hindu religion, while others are Jains.


What are Their Needs?

Culturally sensitive Christians need to reach this caste group with the good news of the freedom they can have in Jesus—freedom from the perpetual reincarnations they believe necessary to bring them rest and peace. TV and radio can be incredibly powerful mediums for communicating the gospel because they can penetrate homes where Christian workers may not be able to go.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Lord will appoint and anoint workers to create relevant culturally sensitive Christ-centered radio and TV materials for the Subarna Baniks.
* Pray that these media presentations will beam the light of His truth to these spiritually needy people.

References

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



People Name General Bania, Subarna Banik
People Name in Country Bania, Subarna Banik
Population in Bangladesh 5,430
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Banik, Behgampuri, Kashyap, Moudgulya, Nagrishi, Poddar, Rarhi, Sandilya, Saptagrami, Sonarbene, Sureshwari
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Bania, Subarna Banik
Ethnic Code CNN25
Country Bangladesh
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 5,400
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 5,400
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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