Labana (Sikh traditions) in India

The Labana (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
333,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Lobanas (or Labana) are a tribe which live all over India. Labanas have their own language called "Lubanki" which is a dialect. However, this language is only spoken by Labanas outside the Punjab, state of India. The Labanas of Punjab and Haryana are mostly Sikhs and speak mainly Punjabi or Hindi.

The term Lobana appears to have been derived from LUN ("salt") and the BANA ("trade"). The Lobanas were the great salt-carrying and salt-trading community. They were occasionally called Banjaras. Locally, they were known by different names in parts of the Panjab. In Ambala district, for example, on account of their versatility in adopting different vocations, the lobanas were called "Bahrupias"

It is said that Lobanas are of Turkish origin they travel from Turkey toward India and that is why they are also called "Banjaras" because during travel they have to set up some business on their way.

Different views are prevalent about the origin of the Lobanas. In Ludhiana and Jhang districts, the Lobanas claimed to be the descendants of Chauhan Rajputs of Jaipur and Jodhpur. In Gujrat district, they claimed to be Ragubansi Rajputs. The Lobanas of Kangra and Hoshiarpur districts claimed their origin from the Gaur Brahmins of Pilibhit. A good number of them traced their origin from Gaur Brahmins who came to the Panjab from Ranthambore in Aurangzeb's time.

It appears to be possibly appropriate to regard the Lobanas as a sub-division of the great Banjara tribe, forming one of their principal sub-castes.


Profile Source:   Harpreet  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-23
People Name General Labana (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Labana (Sikh traditions)
Population in India 333,000
World Population 333,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Labane, Labhana, Lavana, Lobana, लबाना (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18128
ROP3 Code 113634
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 22
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
(262,000)
Haryana
(16,000)
Jammu and Kashmir
(11,000)
Rajasthan
(10,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(10,000)
Delhi
(9,300)
Uttarakhand
(3,900)
Maharashtra
(3,700)
Madhya Pradesh
(2,100)
Chandigarh
(1,200)
West Bengal
(900)
Jharkhand
(800)
Himachal Pradesh
(700)
Chhattisgarh
(400)
Gujarat
(400)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 22  (only 20 largest shown)
  Punjab (262,000)
  Haryana (16,000)
  Jammu and Kashmir (11,000)
  Rajasthan (10,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (10,000)
  Delhi (9,300)
  Uttarakhand (3,900)
  Maharashtra (3,700)
  Madhya Pradesh (2,100)
  Chandigarh (1,200)
  West Bengal (900)
  Jharkhand (800)
  Himachal Pradesh (700)
  Chhattisgarh (400)
  Gujarat (400)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (282,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
(37,000)
Bagri
(7,400)
Dogri
(2,100)
Haryanvi
(1,500)
Kumaoni
(300)
Marwari
(300)
Kangri
(200)
Garhwali
(100)
Bilaspuri
(90)
Awadhi
(80)
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch
(40)
Pahari, Mahasu
(40)
Dhundari
(30)
Kashmiri
(30)
Haroti: Harauti
(20)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (282,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi (37,000)
  Bagri (7,400)
  Dogri (2,100)
  Haryanvi (1,500)
  Kumaoni (300)
  Marwari (300)
  Kangri (200)
  Garhwali (100)
  Bilaspuri (90)
  Awadhi (80)
  Pahari-Potwari: Poonch (40)
  Pahari, Mahasu (40)
  Dhundari (30)
  Kashmiri (30)
  Haroti: Harauti (20)
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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 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
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Harpreet  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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