Brahmin Maha in India


Population
190,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Brahmins are the highest of the four varna (major caste groupings) in Hinduism. The historical developments of various Brahmin 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. Brahmin 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 Brahmins.

Traditionally Brahmins 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 Brahmins' lives, even if this is only a token routine for many.


Where Are they Located?

Maha Brahmins are scattered across India 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.

Brahmins are disproportionately represented among overseas Indians 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 Brahmins are considered as priests, but a temple priest is a lowly position that no Maha Brahmin family wants their sons to aspire towards. Rather, there is strong pressure for higher education, particularly in computer science and engineering. Maha Brahmins have a strong work ethic and are often leaders, whether politically, intellectually, spiritually or socially.

Maha Brahmins are 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 Brahmin 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 Brahmin subgroups are defined by their theological distinctions such as Madhva Brahmins, who are defined by their dualist theology, though everyone does not actually hold those beliefs. However, many Brahmin 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 Brahmin might believe or disbelieve!


What Are Their Needs?

Maha Brahmins 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, achieving it all can be empty.


Prayer Points

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


References

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Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Brahmin Maha
People Name in Country Brahmin Maha
Population in India 190,000
World Population 190,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4 to 5
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Acharaj, Acharj, Acharya, Acharyya, Bhadaudiye, Brahman Terai, Brahmin Terai, Maha Brahman, Maha Brahmin, Mahapatra, Mohial, Mohyal, Mohyal. Mahabrahman, Muhial, ब्रामिन, महा
People ID 19958
ROP3 Code 115735
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 19
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(82,000)
Delhi
(38,000)
Jammu and Kashmir
(15,000)
Bihar
(9,200)
Punjab
(8,400)
West Bengal
(8,300)
Gujarat
(6,300)
Haryana
(5,300)
Uttarakhand
(4,100)
Maharashtra
(3,100)
Odisha
(2,300)
Andhra Pradesh
(2,200)
Jharkhand
(2,000)
Karnataka
(1,200)
Rajasthan
(1,200)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 19
  Uttar Pradesh (82,000)
  Delhi (38,000)
  Jammu and Kashmir (15,000)
  Bihar (9,200)
  Punjab (8,400)
  West Bengal (8,300)
  Gujarat (6,300)
  Haryana (5,300)
  Uttarakhand (4,100)
  Maharashtra (3,100)
  Odisha (2,300)
  Andhra Pradesh (2,200)
  Jharkhand (2,000)
  Karnataka (1,200)
  Rajasthan (1,200)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (120,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjabi, Eastern
(22,000)
Bhojpuri
(9,900)
Dogri
(9,400)
Gujarati
(5,600)
Bengali
(4,600)
Awadhi
(4,100)
Kanauji
(2,400)
Telugu
(2,200)
Odia
(2,000)
Marathi
(2,000)
Maithili
(1,500)
Kannada
(1,100)
Kashmiri
(1,100)
Garhwali
(900)
Dhundari
(400)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (120,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Punjabi, Eastern (22,000)
  Bhojpuri (9,900)
  Dogri (9,400)
  Gujarati (5,600)
  Bengali (4,600)
  Awadhi (4,100)
  Kanauji (2,400)
  Telugu (2,200)
  Odia (2,000)
  Marathi (2,000)
  Maithili (1,500)
  Kannada (1,100)
  Kashmiri (1,100)
  Garhwali (900)
  Dhundari (400)
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 of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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 Fathers 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)
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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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