Jat unspecified (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
19,126,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Jats are not a homogeneous ethnic group living in a particular area and speaking a single language. Rather, they are a people who live scattered around the world among several ethnic groups, yet retain their own identity. This distinction is often based on occupation and heritage.


Where Are they Located?

The Jats are primarily located in northwestern India and southern Pakistan, although there are also significant communities in Maldives, Russia, and Ukraine.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Overall, the Jats have a very good self image. "Men may come and men may go, but I go on forever," is a well known Jat proverb. They are brave, hardworking people who possess both the desire and ability to rule. It has been said that no Jat wants to be ruled. Rather, he desires to have power over a group, if not over an area.

Known for their military prowess, many Jats were recruited into the British-India army during World War I. Before that, they served as fighters in the Persian army. Today, the Jats are well read, and some occupy high positions in academic and technical arenas.

In India and Pakistan, the Jats are usually either farmers or nomadic herdsmen. Different tribes of nomads raise different types of animals. Because they value thriftiness and diligence, the Jats are often regarded as miserly. The settled Jat farmers grow cereals such as wheat, maize, and millet. They also raise sugarcane as a cash crop. Fruits, vegetables, and rice are grown in certain areas. The basic diet of peasant Jats consists of unleavened bread and curry, seasonal vegetables, ghee (a type of butter), and milk.

Conservative by nature, the Jats rarely marry people from other ethnic groups. Great pride is placed in their ancestry. In fact, all the Jats in a particular village consider themselves to be the descendants of the man whom they believe founded it by the power of the sword.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Jats are either Muslims, Hindus, or Sikhs. The Jats living in Pakistan, Russia, and Ukraine are primarily Muslim; while the great majority of the Jats in India are Hindu.

The Muslim Jats are Sunnis of the Hanafi school, but are known to have a strong tradition of worshiping many local saints. The Hindu Jats adhere to the traditional practices, as well as a wide variety of additional beliefs and practices.


What Are Their Needs?

The Jats who live in India and Pakistan need clean drinking water and proper health care facilities. Christian medical teams and humanitarian aid workers are needed to work among them and show them God's love in practical ways.

Most of the Jat believers live in India. Missionaries, Christian broadcasts, and evangelistic literature are needed to effectively reach the Jats with the Light of the Gospel.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth additional laborers to work among the Jats.
* Pray that Christian doctors, nurses, and humanitarian aid workers will have opportunities to share the love of Jesus.
* Ask God to save key leaders who will boldly proclaim the Gospel to their own people.
* Pray that churches and missions organizations will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Jats.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth growing churches among the Jats for the glory of His name!


Profile Source:   Bethany World Prayer Center  

Prayer / Resource Links:
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Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-17
People Name General Jat (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Jat unspecified (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 19,126,000
World Population 19,207,600
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 382
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Jacak, Jachak, Jati, Jatu, Jaut, Jhat, Jit, Langah, Marth, Musali, Nath, जाट, (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 12329
ROP3 Code 104206
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 32
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
5,393,000
Haryana
3,869,000
Uttar Pradesh
3,674,000
Punjab
2,880,000
Delhi
2,035,000
Jammu and Kashmir
281,000
Chandigarh
241,000
Madhya Pradesh
236,000
Himachal Pradesh
134,000
Uttarakhand
130,000
Maharashtra
122,000
West Bengal
40,000
Gujarat
23,000
Bihar
18,000
Jharkhand
17,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 32  (only 20 largest shown)
  Rajasthan 5,393,000
  Haryana 3,869,000
  Uttar Pradesh 3,674,000
  Punjab 2,880,000
  Delhi 2,035,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 281,000
  Chandigarh 241,000
  Madhya Pradesh 236,000
  Himachal Pradesh 134,000
  Uttarakhand 130,000
  Maharashtra 122,000
  West Bengal 40,000
  Gujarat 23,000
  Bihar 18,000
  Jharkhand 17,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (10,988,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 50
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjabi, Eastern
3,897,000
Marwari
1,300,000
Dhundari
877,000
Haryanvi
672,000
Shekhawati
412,000
Mewari
233,000
Merwari
199,000
Bagri
195,000
Dogri
109,000
Sindhi
40,000
Braj Bhasha
39,000
Kangri
38,000
Garhwali
34,000
Kashmiri
25,000
Kumaoni
23,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (10,988,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 50
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Punjabi, Eastern 3,897,000
  Marwari 1,300,000
  Dhundari 877,000
  Haryanvi 672,000
  Shekhawati 412,000
  Mewari 233,000
  Merwari 199,000
  Bagri 195,000
  Dogri 109,000
  Sindhi 40,000
  Braj Bhasha 39,000
  Kangri 38,000
  Garhwali 34,000
  Kashmiri 25,000
  Kumaoni 23,000
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.83 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.14 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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