Bhansala in India

Bhansala
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Bhansala
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 278,000
World Population: 285,100
Primary Language: Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
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 / History

The Kutchhi Bhanusali live throughout the western states of India, especially Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. The Kutchhi Bhanusali live in Gujarat and speak Kachchi and read and write in Gujarati.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture along with business and laboring are their main occupations. They are not well educated, so the gospel will need to be presented in oral form. The Kutchhi Bhanusali are endogamous, meaning that they prefer to marry within their community or clan. Marriage is arranged through the parents. On the death of the father, sons and daughters inherit the property. The dead are cremated except for young children.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kutchhi Bhanusali people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bhansala people need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ that will lead to blessings and eternal salvation.

Prayer Points

* Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will lead the Bhanusali to begin their own movement to Christ. * Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to the Savior. *Pray for intercessors and workers.

Text Source:   Keith Carey