Valmiki in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Bhangi is a Hindu caste that was previously classed as untouchable. They have many subdivisions. They prefer to be called "Balmiki" or "Valmiki." During the colonial period they were brought from villages to remove human excrement and clean the cities. They became an urban community. Balmiki make up a cluster of communities, having united to form one community, claiming a common origin from the saint Balmiki. Balmiki is thought to be the first Sanskrit poet and author of the holy Hindu epic Ramayana and was brought up by a sweeper woman although he was a Brahmin mendicant's son. Despite these claims, this community holds unusually low status among Hindus.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In time, with the introduction of septic latrines, the practice of carrying buckets of excrement on their heads is gone, but they still work to clear blockages in sewers where they are half submerged in filth. The stigma remains as they are still identified with the work they perform and considered untouchable and treated as such. Even Dalit castes classed as "backward" such as the Dhobi washer men are socially higher. The Bhangis are rightfully described as "outcasts even among outcasts." They have always been marginalized and treated as outcasts socially, economically and culturally. Sweepers are now referred to as sanitary workers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Balmiki people are Hindus, even in Muslim Pakistan. Hindus tend to worship the gods they believe will protect and benefit them. As the lowest of the low, the Balmikis are not always welcome at Hindu temples.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Bhangis are refused education; teachers and students don’t want them nearby. It is very difficult for the Bhangis to find work as they are unwanted.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Valmiki, Balmiki in Pakistan.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will send the Balmiki people into the loving arms of Jesus. Pray for workers to go to them until there is a church planting movement. Pray for the Lord to raise up people to help them rise above their low economic standings.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valmiki_caste


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Valmiki, Balmiki
Natural Name Valmiki
Population this Country 1,826,000
Population all Countries 7,089,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Asadaru; Balmik; Balmiki; Barvashia; Bhangi; Bhangi/Chuhra; Bhangia; Chamar; Chuhra; Chura; Churhra; Hadi; Halalkheo; Halalkhor; Hari; Harijan; Jamadar; Jamphora; Jharudar; Khakrobe; Khalpa; Korar; Lal Begi; Macegar; Machegar Lingayat; Machigar; Madar; Malkana; Malkana Mehtar; Malkhana; Maratha Chambhar; Mehtar; Methar; Moci; Mulkana; Olagana; Olgana; Olgana Rukhi; Rohit; Rukhi; Sindhi Moci; Valmiki; Zadmalli; भंगी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16399
ROP3 Code 111546
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Punjab
1,671,000
Sindh
146,000
Islamabad
6,200
Balochistan
1,600
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
1,500
Gilgit-Baltistan
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Punjab 1,671,000
  Sindh 146,000
  Islamabad 6,200
  Balochistan 1,600
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 1,500
  Gilgit-Baltistan 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,658,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
82,000
Sindhi
67,000
Urdu
19,000
Marwari
10,000
English
3,900
Goaria
200
Bagri
200
Kacchi
100
Hindko, Northern
100
Dhatki
60
Koli, Wadiyari
50
Pahari-Potwari
50
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,658,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 82,000
  Sindhi 67,000
  Urdu 19,000
  Marwari 10,000
  English 3,900
  Goaria 200
  Bagri 200
  Kacchi 100
  Hindko, Northern 100
  Dhatki 60
  Koli, Wadiyari 50
  Pahari-Potwari 50
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1952)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.40 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
93.70 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.90 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
5.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2021  International Mission Board-SBC  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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