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Basith (Sikh traditions) in India

Basith (Sikh traditions)

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9,000 Kashmiri Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Basith (Sikh traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
Though most Basith people are Hindu, some of them are Sikh. Unlike most Sikh communities that live mainly in Punjab, most of the Basith live further north in Jammu and Kashmir.

Where are they located?
The Sikhs among the Basith people live in Jammu and Kashmir.

What are their lives like?
The Basith people are mainly farmers. The men drink alcohol which they buy at local markets. Relationships between men and women are unusual in Basith communities. When there is a divorce, the man is responsible for the children. Daughters share in parental inheritance that usually only goes to sons in most other South Asian cultures. Women contribute to the family income by doing odd jobs and enjoy equal status with men. Basith couples prefer small families with about three children.
Though there is relatively good relationships between Hindu and Sikh communities, there is no intermarriage between these religious groups, even among the Basith people.

What are their beliefs?
The Basith people are Sikhs. Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the Hindu caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and is to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God.

One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They worship their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.

There are roughly the same number of Sikhs as there are Jews in the world, but Sikhs are most concentrated in Punjab, their homeland. However, you will find smaller numbers of Sikhs all over the world. Many of the best Indian restaurants in the West are owned and operated by Sikhs.

What are their needs?
Be they Hindu or Sikh, the Basith people need to put their trust in the Risen Savior who has victory over death and sin.

Prayer Points
Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Basith people, be they Hindu or Sikh.
Pray for a movement of Basith households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Basith people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Basith people.


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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:9,000
Largest States:
Jammu and Kashmir (9,000)
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People Name in Country: Basith (Sikh traditions)
People Name General: Basith (Sikh traditions)
Alternate People Names:
बासिथ (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113557
Joshua Project People ID: 18059
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,000
Population all Countries: 9,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Sikh - other
People Name General: Basith (Sikh traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kashmiri (4,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kas    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Punjabi, Eastern (900)Hindi (800)
Dogri (700)Gujari (500)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism1.38 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small98.62 % 
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: 1813-1954
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1899-2011
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
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Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kashmiri
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Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Forgiver
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Basith (Sikh traditions) in India

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