Bahna (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


Population
15,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Bahna people were cotton ginners, though they claim to have Rajput origin.


Where Are they Located?

Most of these people live in the western Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Some migrated north to Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. A smaller number live over the border in Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Industrialization has caused traditional cotton ginning to become a thing of the past. Most of today's Bahna people are either in manufacturing, or they own their own businesses.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Bahna people in Nepal are entirely Hindu. Their religious beliefs usually include looking to a number of spirit beings and forces that are in opposition to Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

These people are relatively prosperous by the standards of South Asian peoples. They need to understand that they are spiritually poor and in need of a savior.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Behana will want to know more about Jesus Christ, read the Bible and commit their lives to him.
* Pray that gospel recordings will help lead them to salvation.
* Pray that local believers will befriend their Behana neighbors, leading them to Jesus Christ.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20279/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behna
https://books.google.com/books/about/Languages_of_Nepal.html?id=pcBJngEACAAJ


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bahna (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bahna (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 15,000
World Population 837,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Behana, Dhoni, Dhunia, Dhunkar, Mansari, Naddaf, Panjara, Panjira, Panjwara, Penja, Pinja, Pinjali, Pinjara, Pinjia, Punji, बहना (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20279
ROP3 Code 115836
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 11
Largest States
Janakpur
(6,700)
Narayani
(4,400)
Lumbini
(2,700)
Mahakali
(300)
Bheri
(300)
Kosi
(200)
Sagarmatha
(200)
Seti
(100)
Bagmati
(100)
Gandaki
(50)
Mechi
(50)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 11
  Janakpur (6,700)
  Narayani (4,400)
  Lumbini (2,700)
  Mahakali (300)
  Bheri (300)
  Kosi (200)
  Sagarmatha (200)
  Seti (100)
  Bagmati (100)
  Gandaki (50)
  Mechi (50)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Maithili (9,500 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
(4,400)
Awadhi
(1,300)
Kumaoni
(300)
Hindi
(100)
Magahi
(40)
Nepali
(40)
People Groups Speaking Maithili
Primary Language Maithili (9,500 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri (4,400)
  Awadhi (1,300)
  Kumaoni (300)
  Hindi (100)
  Magahi (40)
  Nepali (40)
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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 Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 %
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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