Ghanchi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Ghanchi name has to do with oil pressing, which is their traditional work. They belong to the Kshatriya caste which gives them good status in Hindu society. Others say they are part of the other backward caste category which is much lower. Most live in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh, though they also live in other parts of India. A smaller number are further west in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many work as day laborers or in small businesses. Some still work as oil pressers.
They allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the home. A community council settles their disagreements. Unlike most Hindu communities, the Ghanchi people bury their dead.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ghanchi people need to allow Jesus Christ to guide them in their various trials.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Ghanchi will be attracted to Jesus, read the Bible and give their lives to Jesus Christ. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will help them to begin their own church planting movement.
Pray for faithful workers to go to them with the heart-transforming gospel.


Scripture Prayers for the Ghanchi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ghanchi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Ghanchi (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 2,900
Population all Countries 138,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gancha; Ganchi; Garancha; Ghainshi; Ghanci; Ghansi; Wansfoda; घनची (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16821
ROP3 Code 112090
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sindh
2,700
Balochistan
100
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sindh 2,700
  Balochistan 100
Website South Asia Peoples
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 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (2,900 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sindhi (2,900 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more