Bafinda in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction

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.


Ministry Obstacles

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.


Outreach Ideas

Please pray for Gospel radio to be widely availlable throughout Kashmir, in Urdu and other languages of this area.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

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.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for peace throughout Jammu (largely Hindu) and Kashmir (largely Muslim).


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2017-08-25
People Name General Bafinda
People Name in Country Bafinda
Population in India 13,000
World Population 124,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bafand, Bafanda, Dhoon, Nadaf, बाफींड़ा
People ID 16279
ROP3 Code 111404
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)
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 1
  Jammu and Kashmir 13,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Dogri (7,700 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Kashmiri
3,100
Urdu
2,100
Bhadrawahi
300
Chambeali
70
Primary Language Dogri (7,700 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Kashmiri 3,100
  Urdu 2,100
  Bhadrawahi 300
  Chambeali 70
People Groups Speaking Dogri

Primary Language:  Dogri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1883-1971)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1826-2017)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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