Arain (Hindu traditions) in India

The Arain (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Hindu Arain live in north central India. They claim Arab descent, and the name "Arain" means "shepherd" in Arabic.

This is a relatively small group with a population of about 276,000 compared to largest part of the Arain people group are Muslims who live in Pakistan and India. In times past, the Hindu Arain worked in agriculture near cities. Today many educated Arain work in business, law, politics and government. Because the Hindu Arain live in several different states in India, the Hindu Arain speak at least six different languages and read and write in three others. Their primary language is Hindi, which allows them to communicate with most north Indians and many Urdu speaking Pakistani. Hindi and Urdu are mutually intelligible.


Where Are they Located?

The majority of the Hindu Arain live in the Indian state of Haryana. Smaller groups reside in Delhi, Punjab and other areas of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Hindu Arain discourage marriage outside their caste and community. They permit cousin marriages. While daughters may get some property when the father dies, they don't receive as much as the sons.

Village councils of the Arain are in place to promote their interests and settle disagreements.

The Arain are not vegetarians but as Hindus do not eat beef. The main foods are rice, wheat, millet, vegetables, dairy products and fruit. Raising sugarcane has become an important cash crop for Arain farmers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Arain practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works they will attain freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Hindu Arain are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. Currently there are no known Christians in this Arain people group.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Arain need to hear the message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They must see that Jesus is not just another avatar of a Hindu god like Rama or Krishna but is the unique Son of the one true God of the Bible. The Arain must see Christianity lived out before them in practical ways.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit would open the hearts of the Arain Hindu and prepare them to hear the Gospel.
* Pray that Indian Christians would reach out to their Arain neighbors.
* Ask God to raise up people to pray faithfully for the Arain of India.


References

www.revolvy.com/page/Arain
www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Arain_people
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16951/IN


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-22
People Name General Arain (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Arain (Hindu traditions)
World Population 276,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Baghban, Chaudhari, Rain, आरायण (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16951
ROP3 Code 112254
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Haryana
188,000
Delhi
63,000
Punjab
18,000
Himachal Pradesh
2,300
Chandigarh
1,900
Uttarakhand
1,600
Uttar Pradesh
700
Gujarat
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Haryana 188,000
  Delhi 63,000
  Punjab 18,000
  Himachal Pradesh 2,300
  Chandigarh 1,900
  Uttarakhand 1,600
  Uttar Pradesh 700
  Gujarat 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (187,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
67,000
Haryanvi
18,000
Bagri
2,300
Saraiki
900
Kangri
800
Kumaoni
800
Mandeali
300
Pahari, Mahasu
100
Bilaspuri
90
Chambeali
40
Pahari, Kullu
30
Primary Language Hindi (187,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 67,000
  Haryanvi 18,000
  Bagri 2,300
  Saraiki 900
  Kangri 800
  Kumaoni 800
  Mandeali 300
  Pahari, Mahasu 100
  Bilaspuri 90
  Chambeali 40
  Pahari, Kullu 30
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
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 A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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