The name Bafinda, or Bafand, is derived from the Persian word baften, meaning cotton dresser. When cotton cultivation stopped in Kashmir with the advent of foreign-made fabrics, they largely shifted to carpet weaving but now are engaged in many vocations. They generally marry only within their own community. Tonsure (cutting some hair on the scalp as a sign of religious devotion or humility) has been reported among the Bafinda. They follow the Islamic law of inheritance.
Jammu and Kashmir, the home of the Bafinda people, is an area of consistent tension between Muslims and Hindus, between Pakistan and India. A certain amount of danger may be encountered when doing Christian ministry in this region.
Please pray for Gospel radio to be widely availlable throughout Kashmir, in Urdu and other languages of this area.
None of the Muslim Bafinda people have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India or Pakistan. Please pray for any secret believers there may be.
Please pray for peace throughout Jammu (largely Hindu) and Kashmir (largely Muslim).
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Bafinda|
|People Name in Country||Bafinda|
|Population in India||13,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Bafand, Bafanda, Dhoon, Nadaf, बाफींड़ा|
|Persecution Rank||15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Dogri (7,700 speakers)|
|Language Code||dgo Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Dogri|
Primary Language: Dogri
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1826)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Dogri|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Dogri|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|