Bhumihar Brahmin in Nepal


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Introduction / History

Brahmans (often in the past spelled Brahmins) are the highest of the four varna (major caste groupings) in Hinduism. The historical developments of various Brahman castes are not clear, as the history of the caste system itself is unclear. There was perhaps a caste system based on personal merit at one time before the hereditary caste system became dominant, as is seen in modern history. Brahman castes became powerful in the early centuries of the Christian Era through alliances with kings, who granted them landed estates related to temples and temple service. There has never been a comprehensive analysis of all the different types and subgroups of Brahmans.

Traditionally Brahmans have five daily duties; to the gods, to ancestors, to all creatures, to humans, and to study. Thus daily worship (duty to gods) and chanting of sacred texts (duty to study) are an integral part of many Brahmans' lives, even if this is only a token routine for many.


Where Are they Located?

Brahmans are scattered across India and Nepal in dozens of jātis (castes) speaking many different languages. A high percentage of them also speak English as higher education in India is mostly English medium.

Brahmans are disproportionately represented among overseas Indians and Nepalis due to their higher educational attainments, so those who reach out to Indian nationals in the West are very likely reaching out to people who are extremely difficult to reach in South Asia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally in the varna system Bhumihar Brahmans are considered as priests, but a temple priest is a lowly position that no Brahman family wants their sons to aspire towards. Rather, there is strong pressure for higher education, particularly in computer science and engineering. Bhumihar Brahmans have a strong work ethic and are often leaders, whether politically, intellectually, spiritually or socially.

Bhumihar Brahmans are still deeply influenced by the traditional four stages of life; the first student stage is followed by the householder stage, where marriage, raising a family and being a productive member of society is the primary obligation of an individual. Once children are married there is time for spiritual concerns in the third stage of reclusiveness, which is followed (this is rarely practiced) by itinerant homeless wandering (sannyasa).

Often a busy Bhumihar Brahman will put off spiritual discussions as an issue for later in life. The famous Bhagavad Gita text does not support this, however, as it calls for all humanity to engage in doing good to all without thought of merit or reward for such actions.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In some cases Brahman subgroups are defined by their theological distinctions. However, many Brahman castes are made up of people who adhere to all the various philosophical and theological options espoused by modern Hindus, including hard core secularists and atheists. One can never predict what an individual Brahman might believe or disbelieve!


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhumihar Brahmans are an influential and generally well-to-do community in Nepal. Their main needs involve relational strains that are usually kept behind closed doors. Modernization is breaking down family units which have been the glue to society for many generations, and loneliness is increasingly a problem. They are expected to "achieve it all," but ironically, achieving it all can be empty.


Prayer Points

Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Bhumihar Brahman leaders in Nepal.
Pray for the eyes of Bhumihar Brahman hearts to be open to Jesus Christ as Lord and king.
Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Brahman communities.
Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Brahman community.
Pray for many to be prompted to faithfully pray for Bhumihar Brahmans.


Scripture Prayers for the Brahmin Bhumihar in Nepal.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19924/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumihar
https://www.facebook.com/bhumiharhainhum/posts/1674196382815364
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Brahman-caste
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahmin
http://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/brahmins-in-india/234783
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16521/IN
http://induhistory.blogspot.com/p/brahmins-history.html
Categories of Brahmins
http://traceyourlineage.blogspot.com/2008/04/origin-of-gotras.html
https://thehindus.org/faqs/what-types-of-brahmins-are-there/
http://hinducaste.blogspot.com/2009/06/divisions-among-brahmins.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Brahmin Bhumihar
People Name in Country Brahmin Bhumihar
Natural Name Bhumihar Brahmin
Pronunciation BOO-mee-har BRAH-min
Alternate Names Babhan; Bhumihar Brahman; Bhumihar Brahmin; Bhumihar Grihase; Bhumihar Grihast; Bhumihar Grihast Brahman; Bhumihar Grihast Brahmin; Brahman Dogamia; Brahmin Dogamia; Zamidar Brahman; Zamidar Brahmin; Zaminadar Brahman; Zaminadar Brahmin; Zamindar Brahman; Zamindar Brahmin; ब्रामिन, भूमिहार
Population this Country 20,000
Population all Countries 3,339,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 19924
ROP3 Code 115705
ROP25 Code 301405
ROP25 Name Brahmin
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Sagarmatha
5,400
Janakpur
5,300
Lumbini
3,200
Narayani
2,300
Kosi
1,900
Mechi
1,000
Rapti
200
Bheri
90
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 8
  Sagarmatha 5,400
  Janakpur 5,300
  Lumbini 3,200
  Narayani 2,300
  Kosi 1,900
  Mechi 1,000
  Rapti 200
  Bheri 90
Website South Asia Peoples
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 Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Maithili (12,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
2,600
Awadhi
1,500
Hindi
300
Magahi
200
Nepali
60
Primary Language Maithili (12,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 2,600
  Awadhi 1,500
  Hindi 300
  Magahi 200
  Nepali 60
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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