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Baria (Hindu traditions) in India

Baria (Hindu traditions)

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306,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Baria (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Baria are a community that primarily lives in Gujarat but they also live in other states.

What are their lives like?
Mainly a landowning community, agriculture is the traditional as well as present-day occupation of the Baria. Social control is regulated by their caste council. Property is equally divided among the sons, while the house is inherited by the youngest son of the family. Baria women work in the fields and forests, and as laborers in road construction work to supplement the family income. Women wear a golden armlet (kada) and apply spangle (tikki) on their forehead as marriage symbols.

What are their beliefs?
Baria worship clan deities on important occasions. They visit shrines and temples of Hindu gods and goddesses and celebrate Janmashtami, Holi, Dhuleti, Raksha Bandhan, Diwasa, Dussehra, Diwali, etc.

What are their needs?
One can expect spiritual opposition when Jesus is presented. Workers need to be prayerfully prepared for this. Perhaps Christian workers in other communities will be led to take the good news of Christ to the Baria. Pray they will be obedient to this leading.

Prayer Points
Pray the Lord will begin to stir the hearts of many in this community to know the creator God.

Pray the Baria will soon be set completely free from the worship of created things.

Spiritual matters are spiritually understood, therefore, pray for the Lord's Spirit to grant understanding.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:306,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (266,000)Maharashtra (28,000)
Tamil Nadu (2,500)Madhya Pradesh (2,400)
Daman and Diu (1,400)Rajasthan (700)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli (500)Karnataka (500)
West Bengal (400)Delhi (400)
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People Name in Country: Baria (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Baria (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
BariaBaria Kshatriya Patel
Baria PatelBaurasi
Koli BariaThakarda
बरिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111698
Joshua Project People ID: 16523
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 306,000
Population all Countries: 312,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Baria (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gujarati (227,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (24,000)Konkani (3,800)
Saurashtra (1,800)Marathi (1,700)
Nimadi (200)
Total Languages: 6
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.14 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.86 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1809-1965
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1823-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
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Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
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GeneralZume Resources
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
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