Brahmin Ganak in India

Joshua Project has identified the Brahmin Ganak only in India
Population
51,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Ganaks claim that they are descendants of Sakaldwipiya Brahmins, but Brahmins consider the Ganaks to be from a lower caste because they have their origins as astrologers rather than as priests.


Where Are they Located?

The Ganak people have traditionally lived in India's northeastern state of Assam, so they speak Assamese. A high percentage of them also speak English as higher education in India is mostly English medium.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Ganak people often act as astrologers who are continually consulted in regard to everything from when to start planting a new crop, to when to start a journey or a new business. They are especially adamant that an astrologer must be consulted in regards to weddings. Elaborate astrological plans are put together concerning the exact time a wedding should be held.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In some cases Brahmin subgroups are defined by their theological distinctions such as Madhva Brahmins, who are defined by their dualist theology, though everyone does not actually hold those beliefs. However, many Brahmin castes are made up of people who adhere to all the various philosophical and theological options espoused by modern Hindus, including hard core secularists and atheists. One can never predict what an individual Brahmin might believe or disbelieve!


What Are Their Needs?

Ganak Brahmins as an influential and generally well-to-do community are not unlike the middle classes of most places. Their main needs involve relational strains that are usually kept behind closed doors. Modernization is breaking down family units which have been the glue to society for many generations, and loneliness is increasingly a problem. They are expected to "achieve it all," but ironically, achieving it all can be empty.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Ganak Brahmin leaders.
* Pray for the eyes of Brahmin hearts to be open to Jesus Christ as Lord and king.
* Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Ganak Brahmin communities.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Brahmin community.
* Pray for many to be prompted to faithfully pray for Brahmins.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16783/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Ganak-People-/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-22
People Name General Brahmin Ganak
People Name in Country Brahmin Ganak
Population in India 51,000
World Population 51,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Ganak, Ganaka, Grahabiara, ब्रामिन, गणक
People ID 16783
ROP3 Code 112044
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Assam (51,000)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Assamese (45,000 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
(1,500)
Bengali
(1,500)
People Groups Speaking Assamese
Primary Language Assamese (45,000 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti (1,500)
  Bengali (1,500)
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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