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Brahmin Joshi in India

Brahmin Joshi

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Brahmin Joshi in India

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Introduction / History
The Joshi are a Brahmin group who lives in many states of Indian. The name Joshi means astrologer or light bringing in Sanskrit. During colonial times, the Joshi would travel from place to place telling the fortunes of the other castes.

Today some Joshi still are employed as astrologers. Often before a Hindu wedding, an astrologer is consulted for setting the best date and time. Most Joshi are no longer astrologers but serve in the highest levels of Indian society as politicians, actors, Hindu scholars, lawyers, engineers, computer scientists and writers. The Joshi encourage both their sons and daughters to get graduate degrees.

The primary language of the Joshi is Hindi. As educated Indians, they also speak English and other regional languages.

Where are they located?
Most Joshi Brahmins live in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Smaller groups live in other areas of India.

What are their lives like?
The Brahmins are the highest caste or Varna in the Hindu religious system. They have a strong work ethic and frequently achieve leadership positions in any area they choose to pursue.

Brahmins are still deeply influenced by the traditional four stages of life; the first student stage is followed by the householder stage, where marriage, raising a family and being a productive member of society is the primary obligation of an individual. Once children are married there is time for spiritual concerns in the third stage of reclusiveness, which is followed (this is rarely practiced) by itinerant homeless wandering.

The Joshi Brahmins are endogamous, that is they will only marry another Brahmin. Families arrange marriage with the consent of the young persons. Sons and sometimes daughters inherit property. Their dead are buried or cremated. Most Joshi are vegetarians. Some will eat meat but not beef. Their main foods are rice, curries, vegetables, fruit and dairy products.

What are their beliefs?
The Joshi Brahmin practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Joshi visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu and Khandoba, an incarnation of Shiva are given a special place of worship among the Joshi.

The main yearly holidays of the Joshi people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn. Joshi Brahmins frequently officiate at these festivals.

What are their needs?
The Joshi, like other Brahmins groups in India, need to be humbled and begin to see themselves as sinners. Like all other people of India, they need the forgiveness and supernatural peace and hope that only Jesus Christ can give.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God opens the spiritual eyes of Joshi Brahmin hearts to the light and power of Jesus Christ.
* Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Joshi Brahmin communities and tell them about Jesus.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge in every Joshi Brahmin community.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-15
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:352,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (127,000)Bihar (54,000)
Madhya Pradesh (47,000)Maharashtra (44,000)
West Bengal (23,000)Uttarakhand (10,000)
Odisha (9,100)Jharkhand (7,800)
Tamil Nadu (5,400)Andhra Pradesh (5,200)
Total States on file:20
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Brahmin Joshi
People Name General: Brahmin Joshi
Alternate People Names:
Are BudubudikkiBhaddri
BhattriBrahman Terai
Brahmin TeraiBubdudki
ROP3 Code: 115725
Joshua Project People ID: 19949
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 352,000
Population all Countries: 356,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Brahmin
People Name General: Brahmin Joshi
Ethnic Code: CNN25g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (216,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marathi (26,000)Bengali (16,000)
Kanauji (13,000)Bhojpuri (11,000)
Odia (9,100)Awadhi (9,000)
Maithili (6,500)Tamil (5,600)
Telugu (3,800)Gujarati (3,600)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 27
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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Film / VideoCreation to Christ (
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoHaqeeqat Episode 6 (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
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Film / VideoThe Final Prodigal (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Price of Life (
Film / VideoYeshu Satsang (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
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Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Brahmin Joshi in India

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People Cluster
    Brahmin     South Asia    
      Brahmin Joshi India    
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            Brahmin Joshi in India          
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      Hinduism     Hindi  
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