Brahmin in Bhutan


Population
6,100
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Brahmin is the highest of the four Hindu varnas or "types" of caste communities. The English word Brahmin is an anglicised form of the Sanskrit word brahmana. "Brahman" refers to the first of three major Hindu gods whereas "Brahmin" refers to an individual.

Brahmins typically have early morning devotional times which they call pujas which involve prayer, meditation and making offerings to their deities. Though they originated as the priestly varna, today only certain subsets of Brahmins are still involved in priestly duties for others such as teaching, preaching or performing public rituals.

The religious training of Brahmins prepares them well for advanced mathematics. In today's world, the top positions in such areas as computer programming, business, teaching, and politics are often filled by Brahmins. Though there are many wealthy Brahmins, those who perform Hindu rituals for a living are often poor. Among these are the ascetics, wandering holy men, who live from donations from others.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of Brahmins in the South Asian countries are in India, but a small number live in Bhutan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bhutan is primarily a Buddhist country. The high caste Hindu Brahmins get very little notice in that country.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Since they have the highest status of any Hindu varna, Brahmins believe that they have everything to lose by "converting" to another religious system. A Brahmin believes he is on the verge of reaching nirvana if he earns good karma in this life by doing what he is supposed to do. He believes that it took thousands of years of being reincarnated to reach the high state he now enjoys. Switching to a "different God" would surely result in an inferior reincarnation after he dies.


What Are Their Needs?

Brahmins in Bhutan need believing friends who will faithfully lead them to Jesus Christ. It may take years for Brahmins in Bhutan to accept that Christ has the spiritual answers that all of us need.


Prayer Points

* Brahmins are the key community who uphold Hinduism. Pray that the light of the gospel breaks through the veil that blinds this community.
* Pray that the true God will reveal Himself to this community and use Brahmins to preach and teach about Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among every Brahmin group.


References

http://www.greathimalayatrails.com/ght-about-nepal/brahmin-chhetri-people/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmin


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Brahmin
People Name in Country Brahmin
Population in Bhutan 6,100
World Population 64,032,500
Total Countries 7
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Aruva, Asomiya Brahman, Asomiya Brahmin, Assmese Brahman, Assmese Brahmin, Bahrani, Bahun, Bajey, Baman, Bhagavathulu, Brahman-Khatri, Brahmin-Khatri, Dravidulu Brahman, Dravidulu Brahmin, Gaur, Gorkha, Nepali, Pandit, Peshin, Sharma, Smartha Brahman, Smartha Brahmin, Sourashtra, Swangla, ब्रामिन
People ID 16521
ROP3 Code 111696
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Western
(4,500)
Eastern
(1,200)
Southern
(500)
Central
(40)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Western (4,500)
  Eastern (1,200)
  Southern (500)
  Central (40)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Assamese
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bengali Hindi Nepali
People Groups Speaking Assamese
Primary Language Assamese
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bengali
  Hindi
  Nepali
People Groups Speaking Assamese

Primary Language:  Assamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1822-1974)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1833-1995)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Assamese Bible stories
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Christassam recordings
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Assamese
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Path of Light (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous  
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bhutan census data.  Current values may differ.


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