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 Sanadhya Brahmans have been Hindu priests who get money through cultivation of the land. Adhya means "wealth," and Brahmans are regarded as the highest priestly caste in Hindu Nepal.
Sanadhya Brahmans are scattered all over India, but a smaller number live in Nepal, which is also a predominantly Hindu nation.
Some are Hindu priest or farmers, but they also work in government and private services and in business. There are politicians among them. They believe in modern medicine and family planning.
The Sanadhya Brahmans are vegetarians and also will not eat certain vegetables such as carrots and onions. Sons get equal amounts of the inheritance with the oldest son taking charge of the home. The women do housework and are involved in religious activities.
The Sanadhya Brahmans have their own family deities, and they regularly visit temples and shrines dedicated to these gods.
Sandhya 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, achieving it all can be empty.
* Pray that God will send the Sanadhya Brahmans his chosen ambassadors. Pray that they will receive his word, and be driven to spiritual desperation for the only savior, Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to spread throughout Sanadhya Brahman communities in India and Nepal.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Brahmin Sanadhya|
|People Name in Country||Brahmin Sanadhya|
|Population in Nepal||600|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Brahman Terai, Brahmin Terai, Das Ghor Sanadhya, Sadeteen Ghor Sanadhya, Sanadh, Sanadhiya, Sanadva, Sanadva Brahman, Sanadva Brahmin, ब्रामिन, सनाध्या|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||25 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Awadhi (400 speakers)|
|Language Code||awa Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Awadhi|
Primary Language: Awadhi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1996)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Audio Recordings||The Promise (StoryRunners Oral Bible Stories)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Awadhi|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||New Life (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|