Brahmin Gujar Gaur in India

The Brahmin Gujar Gaur have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Brahmans (often in the past spelled Brahmins) are the highest of the four varna (caste groups), and they speak many different languages wherever they live in South Asia. There has never been a comprehensive analysis of all the different types and subgroups of Brahmans. Traditionally in the varna system, Brahmans are considered as priests, but temple priest is a lowly position that no Brahman family wants their sons to aspire toward. Rather, there is strong pressure for higher education, particularly in computer science and engineering. Brahmans have a strong work ethic and are often leaders, whether politically, intellectually, spiritually, or socially.


Where Are they Located?

Gaur Brahman live in places in the north and north west of India. In Himachal Pradesh they live in most parts of that state.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They speak Pahari and Hindi and read and write in Tankri and Devanagari.

They are not vegetarians, and they drink alcohol and smoke tobacco.

They believe in adult marriages. Divorce is allowed for unfaithfulness and for difficulty in adjusting. Divorcees and the bereaved may marry again. When the father dies, the oldest son becomes the head of the home, while property is divided equally among the sons. They cremate the dead except for children who are less than three years old who are buried. There is a ten day period for death pollution.

Gaur Brahman people work in agriculture and in horticulture. They cultivate wheat, maize, mustard, and sugar cane. Some are teachers. Women also work in agriculture.

They have community councils called Panchayats that judge in matters such as divorce.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gaur Brahman are Hindus by religion and are mostly Shaiva. In some cases Brahman subgroups are defined by their theological distinctions such as Madhva Brahmans, who are defined by their dualist theology, though everyone does not actually hold those beliefs. 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 Brahmans as an influential and generally well-to-do community are not unlike the middle classes of most places. 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, achievement can be empty.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Christ to reveal Himsel to Brahman leaders.
* Pray for the eyes of 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 Brahmans.


References

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


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Brahmin Gujar Gaur
People Name in Country Brahmin Gujar Gaur
Population in India 270,000
World Population 270,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Chanyati, ब्रामिन, गुजर गौर
People ID 19944
ROP3 Code 115718
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 10
Largest States
Rajasthan
191,000
Madhya Pradesh
41,000
Maharashtra
17,000
Gujarat
7,800
Karnataka
4,900
Tamil Nadu
3,900
Delhi
2,000
Telangana
1,200
Chhattisgarh
1,000
Goa
400
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 10
  Rajasthan 191,000
  Madhya Pradesh 41,000
  Maharashtra 17,000
  Gujarat 7,800
  Karnataka 4,900
  Tamil Nadu 3,900
  Delhi 2,000
  Telangana 1,200
  Chhattisgarh 1,000
  Goa 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (151,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
38,000
Gujarati
21,000
Dhundari
19,000
Mewari
12,000
Marathi
11,000
Shekhawati
6,500
Bagri
5,600
Haroti: Harauti
2,000
Malvi
1,300
Saurashtra
1,100
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Kannada
200
Konkani, Goan
200
Bengali
200
Khandesi
100
Primary Language Hindi (151,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 38,000
  Gujarati 21,000
  Dhundari 19,000
  Mewari 12,000
  Marathi 11,000
  Shekhawati 6,500
  Bagri 5,600
  Haroti: Harauti 2,000
  Malvi 1,300
  Saurashtra 1,100
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
  Kannada 200
  Konkani, Goan 200
  Bengali 200
  Khandesi 100
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
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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