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|People Name:||Ghanchi (Hindu traditions)|
|Christian Adherents:||0.05 %|
|Online Audio NT:||Yes|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Hindu - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
The Ghanchi name has to do with oil pressing, which is their traditional work. They belong to the Kshatriya caste which gives them good status in Hindu society. Others say they are part of the Other Backward Caste category which is much lower. Most live in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh, though they also live in other parts of India. In Gujarat the Ghanchi speak, read and write in Gujarati.
Many work as day laborers or in small businesses. Some still work as oil pressers. They allow for divorce and remarriage. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son taking charge of the home. Unlike most Hindu communities, the Ghanchi people bury their dead. A community council settles their disagreements.
These 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.
The Ghanchi people need to allow Jesus Christ to guide them in their various trials.
Pray that the Ghanchi will be attracted to Jesus, read the Bible and give their lives to Jesus Christ. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will help them to begin their own church planting movement. Pray for faithful workers to go to them with the heart-transforming gospel.