Bania, Kasarwani in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bania, Kasarwani only in India
Population
420,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The customer asked politely, "How do the accounts stand?" Chaturth looked through his record book and replied, "They are up to date. You have no payment due until next month." The customer paid for his groceries and left the family store.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Chaturth is of the Kasarwani subgroup of the Bania caste. Kasar means "saffron" and wani means "tradesman." His people were originally sellers of saffron. Today most of them are money-lenders and grocers. They are noted for their light complexion, and are believed to have come from Mesopotamia near the location of Nebuchadnezzar's palace during the height of the Babylonian Empire.
Because they moved so often in the early days, they carried pots of soil from the place they came from in order to maintain their identity and remember their origin. They worship these pots. Some carry the soil from many lands, gathered as they moved along trade routes. Since settling in northern India, Hindi has become their main language, and Hinduism is the religion of all but about .06 percent of these nearly 400,000 people.


What Are Their Needs?

Although there is a plethora of Christian outreach tools available in Hindi such as audio recordings, films, videos, tracts, and Bible translations, the Kasarwani hearts have remained closed to the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will woo these unreached people.
* Pray that God will cast down the principalities and powers that are the gatekeepers to their souls, and that Jesus will reveal Himself in power and glory to multitudes of precious Kasarwani people.


References

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


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-22
People Name General Bania, Kasarwani
People Name in Country Bania, Kasarwani
Population in India 420,000
World Population 420,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Kesarwani, Kesarwani Baniya, Pachhaiha Thok Kasarwani, Purbia Thok Kasarwani, बनिया, कसर्वनि
People ID 19702
ROP3 Code 115154
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(203,000)
Rajasthan
(61,000)
Bihar
(43,000)
Gujarat
(21,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(18,000)
Chhattisgarh
(16,000)
West Bengal
(13,000)
Assam
(9,800)
Maharashtra
(9,700)
Haryana
(8,300)
Delhi
(6,400)
Punjab
(3,600)
Odisha
(2,400)
Jharkhand
(2,200)
Uttarakhand
(1,500)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh (203,000)
  Rajasthan (61,000)
  Bihar (43,000)
  Gujarat (21,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (18,000)
  Chhattisgarh (16,000)
  West Bengal (13,000)
  Assam (9,800)
  Maharashtra (9,700)
  Haryana (8,300)
  Delhi (6,400)
  Punjab (3,600)
  Odisha (2,400)
  Jharkhand (2,200)
  Uttarakhand (1,500)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (286,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
(27,000)
Gujarati
(18,000)
Marwari
(15,000)
Bengali
(12,000)
Dhundari
(7,500)
Chhattisgarhi
(6,500)
Marathi
(5,200)
Bagheli
(5,100)
Assamese
(4,300)
Magahi
(3,900)
Shekhawati
(3,700)
Awadhi
(2,400)
Bagri
(1,900)
Kanauji
(1,900)
Odia
(1,300)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (286,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri (27,000)
  Gujarati (18,000)
  Marwari (15,000)
  Bengali (12,000)
  Dhundari (7,500)
  Chhattisgarhi (6,500)
  Marathi (5,200)
  Bagheli (5,100)
  Assamese (4,300)
  Magahi (3,900)
  Shekhawati (3,700)
  Awadhi (2,400)
  Bagri (1,900)
  Kanauji (1,900)
  Odia (1,300)
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.95 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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