Brahmin in Nepal


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Introduction / History

Brahmin is a Hindu Indian caste. The English word brahmin is an anglicised form of the Sanskrit word Brahmana. Brahman refers to the 'Supreme Self' in Hinduism or the first of the gods. Brahmin refers to an individual.

In 1931 (the last Indian census to record caste), Brahmins accounted for 4.32% of the total Indian population. Due to the diversity in religious and cultural traditions and practices, and the Vedic schools which they belong to, Brahmins are further divided into various sub-castes.

Brahmins perform vedic rituals but only a subset of brahmins are involved in priestly duties including teaching and preaching. They have also excelled as educators, law makers, scholars, doctors, warriors, writers, poets, land owners and politicians. Many famous Indians are Brahmins.

The history of the Brahmins is associated with the Vedic religion of early Hinduism, usually referred to as Sanatana Dharma. The Vedas are the primary source for Brahmin practices. Over time, Brahmins became a powerful and influential group in India and many discriminated against lower castes. However, in modern India some Brahmins claim reverse discrimination.


Where Are they Located?

Brahmins are located throughout India but mainly in the Northern states such as Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. There are small concentrations in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Brahmins are enjoined to offer prayers three times a day as prescribed in the Vedas. Most Brahmins today are vegetarians or lacto-vegetarians. Non-vegetarian Brahmins are mainly those in cooler mountain areas like Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Nepal. In some coastal areas like Bengal, Brahmins are fish eaters.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Brahmins can be identified by the three Hindu paths of Devotion, Knowledge and Yoga which they espouse in order for a person to achieve 'god realization', the ultimate aim of the Hindu religion. All Brahmin teachings and writings relate to one of these paths. One is free to choose the path depending upon a person's inclination. Brahmins are Vedic priests and they have three compulsory occupations - studying the Vedas, worshiping deities and charitable giving.


Prayer Points

* Brahmins are a key community in India who uphold Hinduism. Please 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.


References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmin
brahminworld.com/bw8.htm (source no longer available)


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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-09-04
People Name General Brahmin
People Name in Country Brahmin
World Population 63,268,200
Total Countries 7
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 65
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 Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Bagmati
719,000
Lumbini
488,000
Gandaki
318,000
Narayani
299,000
Mechi
260,000
Kosi
228,000
Seti
165,000
Janakpur
164,000
Mahakali
159,000
Bheri
147,000
Dhaulagiri
111,000
Rapti
92,000
Sagarmatha
79,000
Karnali
41,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 14
  Bagmati 719,000
  Lumbini 488,000
  Gandaki 318,000
  Narayani 299,000
  Mechi 260,000
  Kosi 228,000
  Seti 165,000
  Janakpur 164,000
  Mahakali 159,000
  Bheri 147,000
  Dhaulagiri 111,000
  Rapti 92,000
  Sagarmatha 79,000
  Karnali 41,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nepali (2,940,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Maithili
129,000
Dotyali
129,000
Awadhi
67,000
Bhojpuri
45,000
Bantawa
16,000
Hindi
10,000
Bengali
4,800
Marwari
3,200
Chamling
2,600
Kumaoni
2,300
Sanskrit
1,900
Nepalese Sign Language
1,800
Musasa
1,500
Sonha
1,000
Humla
700
Primary Language Nepali (2,940,000 speakers)
Language Code npi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Maithili 129,000
  Dotyali 129,000
  Awadhi 67,000
  Bhojpuri 45,000
  Bantawa 16,000
  Hindi 10,000
  Bengali 4,800
  Marwari 3,200
  Chamling 2,600
  Kumaoni 2,300
  Sanskrit 1,900
  Nepalese Sign Language 1,800
  Musasa 1,500
  Sonha 1,000
  Humla 700
People Groups Speaking Nepali

Primary Language:  Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1850-1961)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1821-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1914-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video New Way - Naya Goreto (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Until We Met (Indigitube.tv)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: नेपाली - Nepali
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
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 Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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