Labana (Sikh traditions) in India

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

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Gujar 4,400

Introduction / History

Lobanas (or Labana) are a tribe which lives all over the nation of India. It appears to be possibly appropriate to regard the Lobanas as a sub-division of the large Banjara tribe, forming one of their principal sub-castes. Labanas have their own language called Lubanki which is only spoken by Labanas outside the Punjab State of India. Many believe that Lobanas are of Turkish origin and that is why they are also called Banjaras. During travel they had to set up business ventures on their way. The term Lobana appears to have been derived from LUN (salt) and the BANA (trade). The Lobanas were the salt-carrying and salt-trading community. Locally, they were known by different names in parts of the Punjab. There are a couple other views of their origin. In Ludhiana and Jhang Districts, the Labanas claimed to be the descendants of Chauhan Rajputs. A good number of them traced their origin from Gaur Brahmins who came to the Punjab from Ranthambore in Aurangzeb's reign.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As time went on, the Labana Sikhs capitalized on their trading skills and their upward mobility. Now there are wealthy land-owning Labana Sikhs. You can see them throughout India, though most reside in Punjab. Some have moved to Western countries, where they manage businesses.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Lobana people practice different religions. Most Lobana are Sikhs. 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, genderless and is 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 not permitted to use alcohol, tobacco or any illegal drugs. One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair.


What Are Their Needs?

The Lobana need to understand that Jesus is not just another guru. He is the Son of God who can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

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

Ask the Lord to give the Lobana a hunger for the Word of God and a desire to investigate the claims of Christ. Pray for a disciple making movement among the Labana people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Sikh Labana people.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-08-14
People Name General Labana (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Labana (Sikh traditions)
Population this Country 332,000
Population all Countries 332,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Labane; Labhana; Lavana; Lobana; लबाना (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18128
ROP3 Code 113634
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 22
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjab
264,000
Haryana
15,000
Jammu and Kashmir
11,000
Rajasthan
10,000
Uttar Pradesh
9,300
Delhi
8,200
Uttarakhand
3,900
Maharashtra
3,700
Madhya Pradesh
2,000
Chandigarh
1,200
Jharkhand
800
West Bengal
800
Himachal Pradesh
700
Chhattisgarh
400
Gujarat
400
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 22  (only 20 largest shown)
  Punjab 264,000
  Haryana 15,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 11,000
  Rajasthan 10,000
  Uttar Pradesh 9,300
  Delhi 8,200
  Uttarakhand 3,900
  Maharashtra 3,700
  Madhya Pradesh 2,000
  Chandigarh 1,200
  Jharkhand 800
  West Bengal 800
  Himachal Pradesh 700
  Chhattisgarh 400
  Gujarat 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (280,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
39,000
Bagri
8,200
Dogri
2,100
Haryanvi
1,500
Kumaoni
300
Marwari
300
Garhwali
100
Kangri
100
Bilaspuri
90
Awadhi
80
Pahari-Potwari: Poonch
40
Kashmiri
30
Dhundari
30
Pahari, Mahasu
30
Mewari
20
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (280,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 39,000
  Bagri 8,200
  Dogri 2,100
  Haryanvi 1,500
  Kumaoni 300
  Marwari 300
  Garhwali 100
  Kangri 100
  Bilaspuri 90
  Awadhi 80
  Pahari-Potwari: Poonch 40
  Kashmiri 30
  Dhundari 30
  Pahari, Mahasu 30
  Mewari 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  (1818-2017)
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
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart
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 Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Other / Small
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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