Brahmin Joshi in India


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Introduction / History

The Joshi are a Brahmin group who lives in many states of Indian. The name Joshi means astrologer or light bringing in Sanskrit. During colonial times, the Joshi would travel from place to place telling the fortunes of the other castes.

Today some Joshi still are employed as astrologers. Often before a Hindu wedding, an astrologer is consulted for setting the best date and time. Most Joshi are no longer astrologers but serve in the highest levels of Indian society as politicians, actors, Hindu scholars, lawyers, engineers, computer scientists and writers. The Joshi encourage both their sons and daughters to get graduate degrees.

The primary language of the Joshi is Hindi. As educated Indians, they also speak English and other regional languages.


Where Are they Located?

Most Joshi Brahmins live in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Smaller groups live in other areas of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Brahmins are the highest caste or Varna in the Hindu religious system. They have a strong work ethic and frequently achieve leadership positions in any area they choose to pursue.

Brahmins 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.

The Joshi Brahmins are endogamous, that is they will only marry another Brahmin. Families arrange marriage with the consent of the young persons. Sons and sometimes daughters inherit property. Their dead are buried or cremated. Most Joshi are vegetarians. Some will eat meat but not beef. Their main foods are rice, curries, vegetables, fruit and dairy products.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Joshi Brahmin practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Joshi visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu and Khandoba, an incarnation of Shiva are given a special place of worship among the Joshi.

The main yearly holidays of the Joshi people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn. Joshi Brahmins frequently officiate at these festivals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Joshi, like other Brahmins groups in India, need to be humbled and begin to see themselves as sinners. Like all other people of India, they need the forgiveness and supernatural peace and hope that only Jesus Christ can give.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God opens the spiritual eyes of Joshi Brahmin hearts to the light and power of Jesus Christ.
* Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Joshi Brahmin communities and tell them about Jesus.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge in every Joshi Brahmin community.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshi
joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19949/IN
etnopedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=Garoda,_Hindu


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-15
People Name General Brahmin Joshi
People Name in Country Brahmin Joshi
Population in India 352,000
World Population 356,100
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Are Budubudikki, Bhaddri, Bhattri, Brahman Terai, Brahmin Terai, Bubdudki, Budabudike, Budabukkalollu, Budbudikki, Buddabukkalollu, Budubudikala, Budubudike, Dakaut, Dasarivandlu, Ganta, Garg, Gudu Guduppandi, Gudugudupanthi, Gurra, Husaini Brahman, Husaini Brahmin, Joshi, Joshi Brahman, Joshi Brahmin, Jotishi, Kudbude, Kudukukappani, Kudukukuppani, Kudukukuppani.Dasarivandlu, Marathi Budbudikki, Mendgi, Peda Budbudike, Rajgurra, Sanchora, Sarode, Sarvade, ब्रह्मन, जोशी
People ID 19949
ROP3 Code 115725
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
127,000
Bihar
54,000
Madhya Pradesh
47,000
Maharashtra
44,000
West Bengal
23,000
Uttarakhand
10,000
Odisha
9,100
Jharkhand
7,800
Tamil Nadu
5,400
Andhra Pradesh
5,200
Karnataka
4,300
Gujarat
3,900
Assam
3,600
Rajasthan
3,600
Delhi
1,800
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 20
  Uttar Pradesh 127,000
  Bihar 54,000
  Madhya Pradesh 47,000
  Maharashtra 44,000
  West Bengal 23,000
  Uttarakhand 10,000
  Odisha 9,100
  Jharkhand 7,800
  Tamil Nadu 5,400
  Andhra Pradesh 5,200
  Karnataka 4,300
  Gujarat 3,900
  Assam 3,600
  Rajasthan 3,600
  Delhi 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (216,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
26,000
Bengali
16,000
Kanauji
13,000
Bhojpuri
11,000
Odia
9,100
Awadhi
9,000
Maithili
6,500
Tamil
5,600
Telugu
3,800
Gujarati
3,600
Garhwali
3,100
Assamese
2,600
Bundeli
2,000
Dhundari
1,500
Chhattisgarhi
1,100
Primary Language Hindi (216,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 26,000
  Bengali 16,000
  Kanauji 13,000
  Bhojpuri 11,000
  Odia 9,100
  Awadhi 9,000
  Maithili 6,500
  Tamil 5,600
  Telugu 3,800
  Gujarati 3,600
  Garhwali 3,100
  Assamese 2,600
  Bundeli 2,000
  Dhundari 1,500
  Chhattisgarhi 1,100
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 David Kugel  
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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