Brahmin, Sakaldwipi in India






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The Sakaldwipi Brahmin is a well-known community in Bihar and North India. They have two subdivisions, Mag and Bhojak. The Mag are superior to Bhojak. Almost all the Sakaldwipi own agricultural land in their villages which is tilled by landless laborers. They traditionally do not accept water and food from other communities, except other Brahmin. Each Sakaldwipi family has its own deity, and ancestors are worshipped. Their sacred specialists are from their own community. As priests and astrologers, the Sakaldwipi Brahmin have patron-client relationship with other communities.

Ministry Obstacles

The Brahmin communities are often prideful, as they are at the top of the caste system. Pride is deadly, because humility is what God requires of a person. Also, low caste Christian workers find it difficult to approach the Brahmin.

Outreach Ideas

There are Christian Brahmin in other communities. Perhaps some will be led to the Sakaldwipi Brahmin, sharing the person of Jesus with them. Pray for this to occur.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There likely are no Christians today among this Brahmin group. None have reported themselves this way to the Indian census. However, pray for those who will someday come to Christ. Pray they will learn to walk in humility with their Savior and Lord.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for the Brahmin communities of India, that the Lord will show them in powerful ways their need for forgiveness of sin, and for power to live this life well. Both are found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-15
People Name General Brahmin, Sakaldwipi
People Name in Country Brahmin, Sakaldwipi
Population in India 465,000
World Population 472,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhojak, Brahman Terai, Mag, Mihir, Sakdipi, Shak Dwipi Brahman, Shakdipiniya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Brahmin, Sakaldwipi
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 19974
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (208,000) Andhra Pradesh (102,000) Odisha (61,000) Bihar (30,000)
Telangana (26,000) West Bengal (25,000) Assam (4,300) Uttarakhand (4,100)
Madhya Pradesh (2,400) Jharkhand (1,700) Tripura (200) Maharashtra (50)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (208,000) Andhra Pradesh (102,000)
Odisha (61,000) Bihar (30,000)
Telangana (26,000) West Bengal (25,000)
Assam (4,300) Uttarakhand (4,100)
Madhya Pradesh (2,400) Jharkhand (1,700)
Tripura (200) Maharashtra (50)
Languages & Dialects on file:  16  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (201,000) Telugu (113,000) Oriya (51,000) Bhojpuri (31,000)
Bengali (27,000) Awadhi (17,000) Maithili (7,700) Assamese (3,700)
Marwari (2,400) Kanauji (1,600) Magahi (1,300) Garhwali (900)
Chhattisgarhi (800) Bagheli (500) Kumaoni (500) Marathi (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 201,000 Telugu 113,000
Oriya 51,000 Bhojpuri 31,000
Bengali 27,000 Awadhi 17,000
Maithili 7,700 Assamese 3,700
Marwari 2,400 Kanauji 1,600
Magahi 1,300 Garhwali 900
Chhattisgarhi 800 Bagheli 500
Kumaoni 500 Marathi 50
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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