The Bhat are known for 'phakra' (speaking poetically in praise of others). The Bhats are an offshoot of Brahmins, as their name is merely a corruption of the term Brahman. They are mainly a landowning community. They work in temples as priests who sometimes read the Bhagat and Puranas. They worship Tusu and Bhadu and local deities such as Kudra. The Bhat shun manual work. Literacy is very low among the Bhat, particularly among women.
The Bhat community speaks over 40 languages. Evangelistic and church planting efforts need to accommodate these language subdivisions. The low literacy rate suggests the need for oral communication of the Gospel message.
Christian workers can carry the good news of Jesus to the Bhat community using Gospel films and recordings in the various languages spoken by the community.
There may be no followers of Christ today among the Hindu Bhat, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will live a life worthy of their calling in Christ. Pray also for the availability of resources such as Scripture and Gospel recordings.
Pray each individual in the Bhat community who is capable of making a decision about Christ will be given at least one opportunity to do so. Pray the message will be in the mother tongue of the individual, and will be clearly presented.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Bhat (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Bhat (Hindu traditions)|
|Population in Pakistan||13,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Baghmundi, Bahi Bhati, Bahrot, Baram Bhatt, Batera, Battera, Batterha, Bhaat, Bhaot, Bhat, Bhat Brahman, Bhat Brahmin, Bhata, Bhatra, Bhatraju, Bhatrazu, Bhatrose, Bhats, Bhatta Goswami, Bhatu, Biram Bhatt, Bohrot, Brahm Bhatt, Brahma Bhat, Brahmabhat, Brahmabhatta, Brahmbhatt, Chara, Charan, Chare, Dabaut, Darpi, Dasund, Digpal, Jaga, Jagabhat, Jagawa, Jasondhi, Jathikirthulu, Jyotshi, Kanjar, Karvan Bhat, Kavi, Kavi Brahman, Kavi Brahmin, Maru, Mary, Naik, Panchakat, Rai, Rai Bhatt, Raj Bhat, Raju, Ramavat, Ramiya, Ramiya Rathor, Ran, Rana, Rao, Rathor, Rathore, Rau, Salui, Salvi, Sivachandi, Sotiya, Swali, Takur, Thakur, भाट (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|Persecution Rank||4 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Sindhi (8,400 speakers)|
|Language Code||snd Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Sindhi|
Primary Language: Sindhi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1890-1992)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Sindhi|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Common Language New Testament|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|