Labana (Hindu traditions) in India

The Labana (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

/HistoryTraditionally the Lavana people were salt peddlers. Some claim to have Rajput ancestry, which would give them high status in this Hindu culture. Most likely they are related to the Banjaras who were traditionally nomadic peddlers. This would explain why they tend to speak the Banjara language, Lambani. This people group lives scattered throughout several states of India especially in the north. The Lavana in Gujarat speak in Banjari and read and write in Gujarati. In Himachal Pradesh they speak Banjari and read and write in Devanagari. In Chandigarh, Punjab and Goa they speak Banjari. In Tamil Nadu they speak Lambadi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many work in cattle trading and agriculture. Some are day laborers working on other people’s farms for hire. They do not allow the divorced and widows to marry again. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the youngest son getting a higher share. A caste council looks after their needs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Lavana 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 Lavana people need the abundant life that only Jesus offers.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Labana (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead their community into a disciple making movement. * Pray for spiritual hunger so they will seek and find the Lord. * Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will become easily available to them.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Labana (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Labana (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 27,000
Population all Countries 27,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Laban; Labane; Labano; Labhana; Lavana; Lobana; लबाना (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17352
ROP3 Code 112735
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
15,000
Jammu and Kashmir
3,800
Rajasthan
3,000
Haryana
1,300
Delhi
1,300
Odisha
900
Himachal Pradesh
800
Ladakh
60
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Madhya Pradesh 15,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 3,800
  Rajasthan 3,000
  Haryana 1,300
  Delhi 1,300
  Odisha 900
  Himachal Pradesh 800
  Ladakh 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (15,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
6,800
Dogri
2,100
Odia
1,000
Mewari
400
Kashmiri
400
Kangri
300
Wagdi
300
Bilaspuri
90
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch
80
Mandeali
60
Primary Language Hindi (15,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 6,800
  Dogri 2,100
  Odia 1,000
  Mewari 400
  Kashmiri 400
  Kangri 300
  Wagdi 300
  Bilaspuri 90
  Pahari-Potwari: Poonch 80
  Mandeali 60
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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
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 The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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