Zamral (Hindu traditions) in India

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

Introduction / History

The Zamral are a relatively small group of people who make their home primarily in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. They consider themselves the lowest and fourth Varna, or division in the formal Hindu caste system. They are not, however, part of the very lowest communities, Dalits.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are typically farmers, craftsmen and day laborers. Many have migratory jobs. Other than that, they are engaged in making baskets and, to a lesser degree, roofs from bamboo. They sell mats and baskets in the markets. The role of women is very important in the production of baskets as well as in other parts of society. They marry only within their group but not within their clan. They eat millet and wheat as their primary cereals. They eat meat except for beef. They speak the Nimari or Nimadi language at home and Hindi for communication outside of the group.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Zamral practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Shankar, Parvati and Hanuman are their patron deities. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain "moksha" or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Zamral 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 as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Zamral people are 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Zamral are the working caste.


What Are Their Needs?

There is a need for literacy training among them as the vast majority cannot read or write. They could make use of development programs having to do with education, electricity, medical, family welfare, communication and even grants from the government which benefit their basket-making industry. Most of all the Zamral need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

Ask God to give the Zamral a spiritual hunger that will lead them to find out more about Jesus. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Zamral people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Zamral people to help meet their spiritual and physical needs.


Scripture Prayers for the Zamral (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-01
People Name General Zamral (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Zamral (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 8,200
Population all Countries 8,200
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names ज़मर्ल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18355
ROP3 Code 113909
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 2
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
8,000
Rajasthan
50
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 2
  Madhya Pradesh 8,000
  Rajasthan 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (4,900 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Nimadi
1,800
Primary Language Hindi (4,900 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Nimadi 1,800
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  (1835-2019)
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2022  Dr. Nagaraja Sharma - Shutterstock  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more