Introduction / History
The Bansi people are also known as the Dhadhi people. They live in India's northern, mountainous Himachal Pradesh state. Their language is called Chambiali which is related to that of the Western Pahari people. Among themselves they speak their own language, but when they speak with outsiders they use Hindi, the trade language of many of India's northern states.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The Bansi people are trying to merge their identity with more powerful and numerous groups like the Halis, Chanals and Sanhais. In the process, they have allowed intermarriage with these groups. They have traditional, conservative views about life. For example, they are more likely to allow their boys than their girls to get an education. Like their ancestors from hundreds of years ago, they depend on rainwater for irrigation.
Although they can be found engaged in many areas of industry they consider themselves people of the soil, or farmers.
Pray that the Hindu Bansi people will open their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ.
The oldest male in the family; grandfather, father or oldest brother is responsible for larger decisions that affect the entire family. Let's pray for the men of these families, that God would soften their hearts to the Gospel and they would respond by exercising their influence to lead their families to Christ.