Bania Gandha Banik in India


Population
300,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Banik live in Tripura in India. They speak, read and write in Bengali. They are not vegetarians and eat rice as a cereal. They have four groups with the Gandha Banik being the main one.

The Banik arrange adult marriages through discussion and mutual agreement. They believe in monogamy. A widower can marry again. They have birth and marriage rituals and the dead are cremated. Upon the death of the father, the children inherit equal shares.

The Banik work in agriculture, business and trade mainly. Some of them are landowners while others are landless. They are Hindus by religion. Their family deity is Lakshmi and they have other deities too.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will give the Banik dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the internet and gospel materials will lead them to salvation.
* Pray that Indian Christians will help bring them to Jesus Christ.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bania Gandha Banik
People Name in Country Bania Gandha Banik
Population in India 300,000
World Population 307,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6 to 8
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Aut Asram, Bania, Chhatri Asram, Desa Asram, Gandha Banik, Gandhabania, Gandhabanik, Putali, Putali Bene, Putuli Bene, Sankha Asram, बनिया, गंधा बनिक
People ID 19698
ROP3 Code 115150
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 7
Largest States
West Bengal
(257,000)
Assam
(17,000)
Jharkhand
(11,000)
Odisha
(9,200)
Bihar
(3,500)
Tripura
(1,500)
Andaman and Nicobar
(700)
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 7
  West Bengal (257,000)
  Assam (17,000)
  Jharkhand (11,000)
  Odisha (9,200)
  Bihar (3,500)
  Tripura (1,500)
  Andaman and Nicobar (700)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (230,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(37,000)
Assamese
(8,600)
Odia
(7,300)
Maithili
(500)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (230,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (37,000)
  Assamese (8,600)
  Odia (7,300)
  Maithili (500)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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