Tarkhan (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Tarkhan people were carpenters, and their status is hard to determine. Some consider them to be a "backward" Hindu community while others point to them having fairly high status. Though most live in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, and Punjab, a small number live further west in Pakistan’s Punjab Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tarkhan community have traditionally been widely engaged in carpentry, but presently they are engaged in many other trades. Marriages outside their own caste are allowed, and even encouraged to an extent. They have two endogamous (marry only within the group) subgroups and several clans. Clan names are often used as surnames. They have been described as "backward in terms of literacy, economic standards, social and cultural awareness."


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tarkhan 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. Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tarkhan people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life He offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tarkhan (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out Holy Spirit filled workers to go to the Tarkhan people, both in India and in Pakistan. Pray for Tarkhan elders to have a craving for spiritual truth that will lead them to the cross. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to bless this community in both countries where they reside.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarkhan_(Punjab)


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-07
People Name General Tarkhan (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Tarkhan (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation Terr-khaan
Population this Country 1,600
Population all Countries 872,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Barhi; Bari; Chattarsaz; Darkhan; Dhaman; Karigar; Kharadi; Khatri; Mistri; Ramgarhia; Ramghadiya; Ranghadia; Tarakkan; Tarkhan; Tarkihar; Thirkhan; Tikhan; तर्खान (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18259
ROP3 Code 113794
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Punjab 1,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Saraiki (500 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Western
400
Primary Language Saraiki (500 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Western 400
People Groups Speaking Saraiki

Primary Language:  Saraiki

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1898-2009)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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 Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Saraiki
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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