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Kasar (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

Kasar (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,300 Tamil Hinduism 7.95 % Unknown   

Kasar (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The Kasar are a people who live in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The traditional occupation of the Kasar or Tambat people is the production and sale of copper and brass items. Tambat in Marathi means copper. Some Kasar claim Kshatriya level, the second highest caste in Hinduism. In other areas they are seen as merchants, common workers or even Dalits.

Originally, all Kasar were Hindus. Some Kasar converted to Islam during the time of the Moghal Empire. The primary language of the Kasar of Sri Lanka is Tamil.

Where are they located?
Most of the Hindu Kasar people live in India. Smaller numbers live in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Most Sri Lankan Kasar reside in the Central and Uva states.

What are their lives like?
The economic position of the Kasar varies widely. Some are wealthy factory owners. These factories use modern machinery to make metal vessels, Hindu idols, utensils, bangles (rigid bracelets) and musical instruments. Other Kasar shape metals items like their ancestors did using ancient techniques. One of their specialties is using a hard form of brass called bell metal. They shape bell metal into polished bells and cymbals. The price of copper has skyrocketed in recent years due to its value in electrical wire. Some Kasar have had to leave the metal working profession and find new employment in agriculture and manufacturing. Literacy is a major issue for the Kasar. Only about 70% of Kasar can read and write. The Sri Lankan government is working to raise that number among all peoples in their country.

Monogamy or marriage to one wife is the accepted practice among the Kasar. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Newly wed couples generally live with or near the groom's parents.

The main foods of the Kasar are rice, vegetables, fruit, lentils ,and dairy products. As Hindus, they do not eat beef. Meat is often reserved for special occasions.

What are their beliefs?
The Kasar practice Hinduism influenced by folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Kali, the goddess of sexuality and death, is their patron deity. They also worship Vishnu and his avatars Rama and Krishna.

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 Kasar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Hindu Kasar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn, and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Kasar of Sri Lanka need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need help in educating their children and learning new jobs skills as their ancient profession is vanishing. The Kasar need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out among them in practical ways.

Prayer Points
* Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Kasar people to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
* Pray that strong movements to Jesus will bring whole Kasar families into rich experiences of God's blessings.
* Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His purposes among the Kasar people.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17110/IN
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twashta Kasar
http://indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Kasar
http://twashtakasartambat.blogspot.com/

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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:3,300
Largest Provinces:
Central (1,900)Uva (800)
Sabaragamuwa (400)Western (300)
Total Provinces on file:4
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kasar (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Kasar (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
AchariBalagara
BalegaraBogam
BogarBogara Jaen
Bogara JainJamera
KancharaKanchari
KancheraKanchigar
KanchoriKanchugar
KanchugaraKancugara
ROP3 Code: 112453
Joshua Project People ID: 17110
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,300
Population all Countries: 669,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Other
People Name General: Kasar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Tamil (3,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity7.95 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism92.05 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1714-1956
New Testament:
1715-1998Audio
Complete Bible: 1727-2002
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 RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFinding Peace
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGeneral Ministry Resources
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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