Banka in India

The Banka 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.

Introduction / History

/HistoryThe Banka live in Odisha. They speak, read and write in Oriya, the language of Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Banka people work in agriculture. Some work as day laborers. They have a council to look after their needs. They want their children to be educated but find it difficult financially. They use both traditional and modern medicines. The Banka allow marriages between cousins. The divorced can marry again if approved by the elders. The bereaved are allowed to marry again. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming the new family patriarch.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Banka 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Banka people need the abundant life that only Jesus offers.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Banka in India.

* Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead their community into a relationship with Jesus Christ, the only savior. * Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will become easily available to them. * Pray that the Banka families can afford to have their children educated in schools.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Banka
People Name in Country Banka
Population this Country 27,000
Population all Countries 27,000
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 बांका
People ID 19066
ROP3 Code 115250
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 3
Largest States
Odisha
27,000
Karnataka
80
Chhattisgarh
50
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 3
  Odisha 27,000
  Karnataka 80
  Chhattisgarh 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (25,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Pengo
1,300
Chhattisgarhi
800
Kui
300
Munda
200
Hindi
50
Primary Language Odia (25,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Pengo 1,300
  Chhattisgarhi 800
  Kui 300
  Munda 200
  Hindi 50
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2014)
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 stories in Odia
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
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.
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


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