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Khatri (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

Khatri (Hindu traditions)

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12,000 Saraiki Hinduism 0.49 % Unknown No   

Khatri (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Khatri Somvanshiya or Somvanshi are a people who live throughout northern, western and central India and in the nation of Pakistan. Experts say that the Khatri originally came from Punjab and over the centuries moved south into central India and Pakistan. The Somvanshi are one of their subgroups. While vast majority of the Khatri live in India, a small group of Hindu Khatri resides in Pakistan. Most Khatri fall in the third of the four main castes of Hinduism, the Vaishyas. Some Khatri see themselves as Kshatriya, the descendant of kings and warriors. Today Khatri are known as financiers, business owners, traders, and industrialists. Some are involved in the cotton fabric and silk trades. The Khatri also work in law enforcement, the military, medicine, entertainment, and science. The Somvanshiya are one of the most powerful, forward castes in Pakistan. The main languages of the Khatri are Hindi-Urdu, English and Eastern Punjabi.

What are their lives like?
The Khatri live as members of the modern, urban Pakistani society. Somvanshi are monogamous, that is marriage to one spouse is their practice. They marry within their people group. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Parents encourage their children to graduate from universities and graduate schools. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. Brahmin priests officiate at important family ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. They cremate their dead. Ashes are scattered in holy waters like the River Ganges. Caste associations settle legal disputes and promote their interests. The Khatri eat meat except for beef and pork.

What are their beliefs?
The Khatri practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of the Indian subcontinent. 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 Khatri 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 do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Khatri people are 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system.

What are their needs?
The Somvanshi Khatri need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. It is often difficult for more successful people to humble themselves before the Savior. They must see themselves as sinners in need of forgiveness from the holy, personal God.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God sends Hindu background believers to the Khatri Somvanshiya to tell them about Jesus Christ. * Pray that Hindi and Eastern Punjabi Bibles fall into the hands of Khatri who are seeking for truth. * Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Khatri families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings. * Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His gospel among the Somvanshi Khatri.

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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:12,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (11,000)Sindh (300)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (300)Balochistan (80)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Khatri (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Khatri (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Arora KhatriBahi
Khakha KhatriKhatri
खत्री (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112512
Joshua Project People ID: 17161
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 12,000
Population all Countries: 2,359,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - other
People Name General: Khatri (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Saraiki
Language Code (ISO): skr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dhatki (Unknown)Hindko, Southern (Unknown)
Marwari (Unknown)Punjabi, Western (Unknown)
Sindhi (Unknown)
Total Languages: 6
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.49 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.51 % 
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: 1898-2009
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Saraiki
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Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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