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Yadav Nandbans in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
567,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Yadav Nandbans in India

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Introduction / History
The Nandbans Yadav peoples are a subgroup of the larger Yadav peoples. Most Nandbans live in central India. The Yadav peoples hold a place of honor, since traditionally they deal with cattle and dairy products. The cow is a sacred animal in Hinduism. There have been times in their long history that Yadav peoples have held power and wealth.

Today the Nandbans are classified as "other backward castes" or OBCs in some Indian states. This sounds derisive, but in fact, this refers to people who hold some status, but are not part of the most prestigious communities. OBC status means that Nandbans get government jobs and special university admissions.

The primary language of the Nandbans is Hindi. They also speak the local languages where they live. Many resources are available in Hindi including a complete Bible, the JESUS Film and radio programs. There few if any believers among the Nandbans of India.

What are their lives like?
Some Nandban Yadav still practice their traditional occupation of taking care of cattle. Some Nandbans work in agriculture. Others Nandbans have earned college educations and work in education, administration, law, politics, science and medicine. The Nandbans are often a dominant people in the areas of India where they reside.

Most Nandbans consider themselves devout Hindus. Do not eat or sell beef. Many Nandbans are vegetarians who eat wheat, lentils and rice their staple foods.

The Nandbans are endogamous, which means they prefer to have marriage take place within their community. They have birth and marriage rituals officiated by Brahmin priests. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property. The oldest son takes charge of the home and family. It is the sons' responsibility to take care of elderly relatives. Most Nandbans encourage their children to obtain college educations. Some rural Nandban young people are moving to Indian cities in search of a better life.

What are their beliefs?
The Nandban people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They 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 other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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.

What are their needs?
Like all other peoples of the world, the Nandbans need the blessings and guidance that only Jesus Christ can offer. Jesus alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.

Prayer Points
Ask God to raise up Nandbans who are desirous to know the truth about Jesus Christ and act upon it.

Ask God to send loving, committed workers to disciple the Nandbans.

Ask the Holy Spirit to lead Nandbans to read the Hindi Bible and to listen to Hindi radio programs.

Pray that the Lord raises up a growing Nandban church planting movement.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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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:567,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (522,000)Chhattisgarh (26,000)
Madhya Pradesh (12,000)Maharashtra (1,400)
Delhi (100)Haryana (100)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Yadav Nandbans
People Name General: Yadav Nandbans
Alternate People Names:
Nadavansi Gawli
ROP3 Code: 118612
Joshua Project People ID: 21826
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 567,000
Population all Countries: 567,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Yadav
People Name General: Yadav Nandbans
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (381,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kanauji (30,000)Bhojpuri (26,000)
Bundeli (15,000)Chhattisgarhi (15,000)
Awadhi (7,100)Braj Bhasha (2,300)
Marathi (1,200)Malvi (300)
Total Languages: 9
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: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoLove letter to you from scripture
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralYeshu Samaj
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Hindi
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Yadav Nandbans in India

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