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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
* Scripture Prayers for the Brahmin Ganak in India.
* 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-22|
|People Name General||Brahmin Ganak|
|People Name in Country||Brahmin Ganak|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Ganak, Ganaka, Grahabiara, ब्रामिन, गणक|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Assamese (45,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||asm Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Assamese
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1819-1993)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|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||Following Jesus (India, JF 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||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: অসমীয়া - Assamese|
|Text / Printed Matter||Christ for the Nations|
|Text / Printed Matter||Jesus Messiah comic book|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|