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Rajput Saithwar in Nepal

Rajput Saithwar

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Rajput Saithwar in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The Rajput Saithwar or Mall are an ancient noble people of Nepal and India. The Buddha is thought by many to be a member of this group. Rajput means son of a king or ruler. Saithwar comes from Sanskrit words that mean an assembly of nobles. The Saithwar are members of the Kshatriya Varna or caste the second highest rank in Hinduism. The Saithwar served as nobles, large landowners and warriors in the dynasties of north India and Nepal for hundreds of years.

Today many Saithwar still own land that is cultivated by themselves and lower castes. They also serve in the Nepali armed forces. Others have become leaders in business, education, science and technology.

The primary language of the Saithwar is Bhojpuri. They also speak English and other regional languages.

Where are they located?
The Saithwar live in south central Nepal. A much larger population of Saithwar lives in north India.

What are their lives like?
Though many Rajputs are still in the armed forces or own land, many have moved on to other livelihoods. Some Rajputs now own impressive hotels where tourists can be introduced to their history and culture. Rajputs who aren't so fortunate work as small businessmen or farmers
They try to marry their daughters into clans of higher rank than their own.

Some Rajput clans have a higher status, so families want their daughters to marry men from group. The Saithwar are endogamous, that is they will only marry persons from their caste. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Brahmin priests officiate at important life events like births, weddings and funerals.

What are their beliefs?
Forward caste Hindus like the Saithwar often becomes devotees of three Hindu gods. Typically Rajputs worship Shiva (the destroyer), Surya (the sun god), and Durga (the mother goddess). They also have patron gods to turn to for protection. They celebrate Dasahara, a festival dedicated to Durga. During this festival they sacrifice a buffalo to celebrate this goddess' victory over a buffalo demon. Besides Dasahara, the main yearly holidays of the Saithwar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.

What are their needs?
All Rajputs including the Saithwar need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. The Rajputs are going through an identity crisis. They can no longer depend on land ownership or military careers, especially with the Indian government reserving prestigious jobs for "backward" (i.e., underprivileged) castes. Believers with the right skills can help them during this time of transition.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Rajput Saithwar community to increasingly grow in awareness of Jesus, his life and his sacrifice for them.
* Pray the Lord will give the Saithwar a spiritual hunger for the Word of God and for his truth.
* Pray for a Holy Spirit led humility for all Rajput communities to fall at the feet of the King of kings.
* Pray that God raises up a disciple making movement among every Rajput Saithwar community.

References
http://sainthwarisgreat.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-origin-of-sainthwar-saithwar.html
quora.com/Who-is-Sainthwar-Do-they-belong-to-Kshatriya-varna-or-are-they-Kurmi
http://gana.santhagara8.tripod.com/8.9-the-clans-and-villages-of-mall-sainthwar-community.html

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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:32 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:500
Largest Provinces:
Lumbini (500)
Total Provinces on file:1
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Rajput Saithwar
People Name General: Rajput Saithwar
Alternate People Names:
KanghikarKanghikir
KurmiMall
SaiSainthwar
SaithwarSaitwal
SarthiSayee
ShisSut
राजपूत, सैइतवार
ROP3 Code: 113491
Joshua Project People ID: 17999
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 500
Population all Countries: 483,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - Rajput
People Name General: Rajput Saithwar
Ethnic Code: CNN25g
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Language
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Primary Language: Bhojpuri (500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bho    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
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: 1911-1982
New Testament:
1998-2006Audio
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 RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Bhojpuri
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Rajput Saithwar in Nepal

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