Bania, Subarna Banik in India



Population

161,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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)


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-28
People Name General Bania, Subarna Banik
People Name in Country Bania, Subarna Banik
Population in India 161,000
World Population 166,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown 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 India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali (142,000) Hindi (21,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 142,000 Hindi 21,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-28

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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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