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Bawaria (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

Bawaria (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Saraiki Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Bawaria (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
According to their own legends, the Bawaria people of India and Pakistan were once part of the powerful Hindu Rajput caste. During a fight between the Mughals and the Rajputs, a Bawaria individual foolishly polluted the bauli, a street food made from an egg with cow's blood, which prevented the Rajputs from bringing their dead soldiers back from battlegrounds. When the Rajputs were defeated, the Bawari were exiled to the jungle to spend their days eking out an existence by hunting and gathering. Worse yet, they were now outcastes, a huge step down from their former Hindu caste status. They still consider themselves to be Rajputs, but other communities would not agree, though they have higher status than most outcastes or Dalits.
Bawaria were known to use a noose for hunting, so their name is derived from a word for noose. Some of them still make ropes, but they are much more likely to be farmers.
The Bawaria of Pakistan speak Saraiki in their families. Men frequently can speak Urdu so they are able to communicate with outsiders.
Most of them live in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Punjab, and Delhi. There is a much smaller number in neighboring Pakistan.

What are their lives like?
Most Bawaria now work in agriculture. They often labor on land owned by others. They grow rice, wheat, lentils, maize, fruits, and vegetables. The Bawaria were formerly known as rope makers. With the rise of large factories that make rope on an industrial scale, the Bawaria have had to find new ways to make a living. Although the Hindu caste system has been officially outlawed by the Indian and Pakistani government, it still has a powerful influence, especially in rural areas. Dalit groups like the Bawaria are denied jobs, educational opportunities and housing based on their low status.
Bawaria are monogamous, with one man marrying one woman. The Bawaria marry within their group. Families often arrange marriages when the young people are children. Lack of literacy is an issue for the Bawaria, particularly for women. Children tend to quit school early in order to help their families earn a living. Modern medicine is often not available in the places where the Bawaria live. As a result, many Bawaria children die young and life expectancy is low. The Bawaria tend to have large families. It is the sons' responsibility to take care of elderly parents and grandparents. Three or more generations frequently live under one roof.

What are their beliefs?
The Bawaria of Pakistan are Hindus. Hinduism is the ancient religion of South Asia. 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. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Bawaria would benefit by having good schools and access to modern medicine and clean water. The Bawaria, most of all, need to hear and understand the good news about Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them abundant life.

Prayer Points
Ask the Lord to send loving workers to the Bawaria of Pakistan.
Pray that Bawaria parents would be able to provide for the children.
Pray that the literacy level of the Bawaria would increase and that they would be able read the Bible portions available in Saraiki.
Pray that the Lord raises up a growing church among the Bawaria of Pakistan in this decade.

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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,900
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (1,800)
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People Name in Country: Bawaria (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Bawaria (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
बावारिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111483
Joshua Project People ID: 16346
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,900
Population all Countries: 198,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Bawaria (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Saraiki (1,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): skr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (200)Punjabi, Western (30)
Total Languages: 3
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: 1888-2009
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Saraiki
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
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GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Saraiki
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