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Brahmin Ganak in India



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
49,000 Assamese Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Brahmin Ganak in India

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Introduction / History
Ganaks claim that they are descendants of Sakaldwipiya Brahmins, but Brahmins consider the Ganaks to be from a lower caste because they have their origins as astrologers rather than as priests.

Where are they located?
The Ganak people have traditionally lived in India's northeastern state of Assam, so they speak Assamese. A high percentage of them also speak English as higher education in India is mostly English medium.

What are their lives like?
Ganak people often act as astrologers who are continually consulted in regard to everything from when to start planting a new crop, to when to start a journey or a new business. They are especially adamant that an astrologer must be consulted in regards to weddings. Elaborate astrological plans are put together concerning the exact time a wedding should be held.

What are their beliefs?
In some cases Brahmin subgroups are defined by their theological distinctions such as Madhva Brahmins, who are defined by their dualist theology, though everyone does not actually hold those beliefs. However, many Brahmin castes are made up of people who adhere to all the various philosophical and theological options espoused by modern Hindus, including hard core secularists and atheists. One can never predict what an individual Brahmin might believe or disbelieve!

What are their needs?
Ganak Brahmins as an influential and generally well-to-do community are not unlike the middle classes of most places. Their main needs involve relational strains that are usually kept behind closed doors. Modernization is breaking down family units which have been the glue to society for many generations, and loneliness is increasingly a problem. They are expected to "achieve it all," but ironically, achieving it all can be empty.

Prayer Points
* Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Ganak Brahmin leaders.
* Pray for the eyes of Brahmin hearts to be open to Jesus Christ as Lord and king.
* Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Ganak Brahmin communities.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Brahmin community.
* Pray for many to be prompted to faithfully pray for Brahmins.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16783/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Ganak-People-/

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-22
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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:49,000
Largest States:
Assam (48,000)
Total States on file:1
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Brahmin Ganak
People Name General: Brahmin Ganak
Alternate People Names:
GanakGanaka
Grahabiaraब्रामिन, गणक
ROP3 Code: 112044
Joshua Project People ID: 16783
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 49,000
Population all Countries: 49,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Brahmin
People Name General: Brahmin Ganak
Ethnic Code: CNN25b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Assamese (45,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): asm    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (1,500)Bengali (1,500)
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1822-1974
New Testament:
1819-1993
Complete Bible: 1833-1995
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsChristassam recordings
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Assamese
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Path of Light
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: অসমীয়া - Assamese
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Brahmin Ganak in India

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