Komti Bania in India

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

Laptops and stock market quotes are not what might typically come to mind when you think of India; but India's economy is changing very rapidly, making such things common in today's world. India's rapidly growing economy leans heavily on Bania communities like the Komtes. For centuries, the Komte Banias have enjoyed a monopoly in trade and business, thanks to their caste. They are one of the many money lending Bania subgroups. There are also many shopkeepers and sellers of dry goods among them. If you were a Bania and fell upon hard financial times, you would be provided for to a certain extent by your fellow Komtes. Beggars are very rare among any Bania group, including the Komtes.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Komtes are bound together by a strong sense of caste devotion. Komte men settle disputes at meetings rather than allow disputes to fester. Smaller offences are punished with fines; more serious ones are referred to their religious leader who has the authority to banish people from the caste, if necessary.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Komte Banias are some of the least reached people in India. There are very few of them known to be followers of Jesus.


Prayer Points

Pray that the rapid changes that have come to India will give the Komte Banias a chance to hear about Christ.
Pray that they will not see biblical Christianity as a Western religion, but as a relationship with Jesus.


Scripture Prayers for the Bania Komti in India.


References

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


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest  

People Name General Bania Komti
People Name in Country Bania Komti
Natural Name Komti Bania
Pronunciation KOHM-tee BAHN-yah
Alternate Names Arya Vaisya; Chetti; Chettiar; Gomatulu; Komati; Komati, Kumut; Komti; Komuti; Kumti; Kumut; Shetti; Shetty; Vaisiyal Chettiar; Vaisya; Vani; Vani, Chetti; Vania; Vysya; बनिया, कोंटी
Population this Country 2,135,000
Population all Countries 2,135,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 43
People ID 19707
ROP3 Code 115159
ROP25 Code 300836
ROP25 Name Bania
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 9
Largest States
Andhra Pradesh
1,359,000
Telangana
636,000
Maharashtra
51,000
Karnataka
39,000
Tamil Nadu
35,000
Odisha
10,000
Goa
2,800
Chhattisgarh
2,000
West Bengal
300
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Andhra Pradesh 1,359,000
  Telangana 636,000
  Maharashtra 51,000
  Karnataka 39,000
  Tamil Nadu 35,000
  Odisha 10,000
  Goa 2,800
  Chhattisgarh 2,000
  West Bengal 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.08 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Telugu (1,747,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Kannada
24,000
Konkani, Goan
1,600
Marathi
500
Primary Language Telugu (1,747,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 24,000
  Konkani, Goan 1,600
  Marathi 500
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

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Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2022)
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Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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