Bishnoi (Hindu traditions) in India

Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Bishnoi (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 665,000
World Population: 666,400
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.02 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

The Bishnoi are a community of nature worshippers. The guru who founded the sect directed the worship of lord Vishnu (Bishnu), hence the name Bishnoi. On one day in the year 1730, 363 Bishnoi individuals voluntarily gave up their own lives in order to spare the cutting of trees growing near their village. The first lady to resist the tree cutters said, "If a tree is saved even at the cost of one's head, it's worth it." The axe intended for the tree severed her head, the first of 363 sacrifices.

Ministry Obstacles

The worldview of this Hindu/Animist group is very different than the worldview of a monotheist who acknowledges the creator God.

Outreach Ideas

Relationships must be built between believers and the Bishnoi.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Christian believers that will soon be found in the Bishnoi community, that they will be granted the gift of faith to believe and accept the gift of eternal life offered by Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Bishnoi, that they will transfer their allegiance from the creation to the Creator.

Text Source:   Joshua Project