Bazigar (Sikh traditions) in India

The Bazigar (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Bazigar or Goaar live in north central India. Their name comes from the Urdu word "bazi" which means acrobat. The traditional occupation of the Bazigar was that of being acrobats, dancers, musicians, jugglers and wrestlers. The Bazigar would travel from village to village. They would hire themselves out as farm agricultural laborers. They would also perform at festivals and holidays as dancers, drummers and acrobats. They would perform for Hindu, Muslim and Sikh villages.

Today less than one out of five Bazigars engage in the itinerate lifestyle. Most have settled down and work in agriculture. They still like to dance, sing, play music and do feats of strength and agility. The Bazigars have been classified as a Scheduled Caste due to their low level of education. In 1981, only 11% of the Bazigar could read and write. Illiteracy continues to be a problem for them today.

The primary language of the Bazigar is Eastern Punjabi. They also speak Hindi.


Where Are they Located?

The Sikh Bazigar live in the Indian states of Punjab, Rajastan and Haryana.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Bazigar now work in agriculture as laborers. They also work as
shopkeepers, public officials and grocers. They raise goats and sheep for their meat and milk. Most do not eat beef or pork. Many Bazigar still have musical and athletic skills, which they perform at important family events and holidays.

The Bazigar marry within their community. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit property with the eldest son gaining possession of the family home. Caste councils promote their interests and settle legal disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

If you were to ask a Sikh Bazigar what his or her religion is, they would say Hindu. They believe that Sikhism is a sub category of Hinduism. Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev. He rejected the Hindu caste system, taught all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma, you reap what you sow in your previous life. A Sikh is no permitted to use alcohol, tobacco or any illegal drugs. One can recognize a Sikh man by his turban. All the Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sikh Bazigar need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way the can understand. They need help in educating their children. They need to see Christianity lived out before them in practical ways.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Lords sends workers to the Bazigar to tell them about Jesus and His love for them.
* Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Bazigar families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings.
* Pray the Bazigar people will understand that Jesus desires to bless their families and communities, not harm them.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazigar
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.692.2886&rep=rep1&type=pdf


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Bazigar (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Bazigar (Sikh traditions)
World Population 78,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Madari, Medari, Mehdri, बाज़ीगर (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18054
ROP3 Code 113551
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 5
Largest States
Punjab
62,000
Rajasthan
7,800
Haryana
7,100
Delhi
600
Chandigarh
70
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 5
  Punjab 62,000
  Rajasthan 7,800
  Haryana 7,100
  Delhi 600
  Chandigarh 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (53,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Hindi
18,000
Bagri
4,800
Bazigar
1,200
Marwari
900
Haryanvi
600
Shekhawati
400
Dhundari
20
Mewari
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (53,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 18,000
  Bagri 4,800
  Bazigar 1,200
  Marwari 900
  Haryanvi 600
  Shekhawati 400
  Dhundari 20
  Mewari 10
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959-2002)
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 Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Religion Subdivision: Sikhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.05 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
99.95 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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