Bania Kasarwani in India

The Bania Kasarwani have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The customer asked politely, "How do the accounts stand?" Chaturth looked through his record book and replied, "They are up to date. You have no payment due until next month." The customer paid for his groceries and left the family store.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Chaturth is of the Kasarwani subgroup of the Bania caste. Kasar means "saffron" and wani means "tradesman." His people were originally sellers of saffron. Today most of them are money-lenders and grocers. They are noted for their light complexion, and are believed to have come from Mesopotamia near the location of Nebuchadnezzar's palace during the height of the Babylonian Empire.
Because they moved so often in the early days, they carried pots of soil from the place they came from in order to maintain their identity and remember their origin. They worship these pots. Some carry the soil from many lands, gathered as they moved along trade routes. Since settling in northern India, Hindi has become their main language, and Hinduism is the religion of all but about .06 percent of these nearly 400,000 people.


What Are Their Needs?

Although there is a plethora of Christian outreach tools available in Hindi such as audio recordings, films, videos, tracts, and Bible translations, the Kasarwani hearts have remained closed to the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Holy Spirit will woo these unreached people.
* Pray that God will cast down the principalities and powers that are the gatekeepers to their souls, and that Jesus will reveal Himself in power and glory to multitudes of precious Kasarwani people.


References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-22
People Name General Bania Kasarwani
People Name in Country Bania Kasarwani
Population in India 406,000
World Population 406,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names Kesarwani, Kesarwani Baniya, Pachhaiha Thok Kasarwani, Purbia Thok Kasarwani, बनिया, कसर्वनि
People ID 19702
ROP3 Code 115154
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
196,000
Rajasthan
58,000
Bihar
42,000
Gujarat
20,000
Madhya Pradesh
18,000
Chhattisgarh
16,000
West Bengal
12,000
Assam
9,500
Maharashtra
9,400
Haryana
8,000
Delhi
6,400
Punjab
3,500
Odisha
2,400
Jharkhand
2,100
Uttarakhand
1,500
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 196,000
  Rajasthan 58,000
  Bihar 42,000
  Gujarat 20,000
  Madhya Pradesh 18,000
  Chhattisgarh 16,000
  West Bengal 12,000
  Assam 9,500
  Maharashtra 9,400
  Haryana 8,000
  Delhi 6,400
  Punjab 3,500
  Odisha 2,400
  Jharkhand 2,100
  Uttarakhand 1,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (286,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
27,000
Gujarati
18,000
Marwari
14,000
Bengali
11,000
Dhundari
7,500
Chhattisgarhi
6,500
Marathi
5,200
Bagheli
5,100
Assamese
4,300
Magahi
3,900
Shekhawati
3,700
Awadhi
2,400
Bagri
1,900
Kanauji
1,900
Odia
1,300
Primary Language Hindi (286,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 27,000
  Gujarati 18,000
  Marwari 14,000
  Bengali 11,000
  Dhundari 7,500
  Chhattisgarhi 6,500
  Marathi 5,200
  Bagheli 5,100
  Assamese 4,300
  Magahi 3,900
  Shekhawati 3,700
  Awadhi 2,400
  Bagri 1,900
  Kanauji 1,900
  Odia 1,300
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  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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 Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.94 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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