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Bania Kasarwani in India

Bania Kasarwani

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
413,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bania Kasarwani in India

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Introduction / History
The customer asked politely, "How do the accounts stand?" Chaturth looked through his record book and replied, "They are up to date. You have no payment due until next month." The customer paid for his groceries and left the family store.

What are their lives like?
Chaturth is of the Kasarwani subgroup of the Bania caste. Kasar means "saffron" and wani means "tradesman." His people were originally sellers of saffron. Today most of them are money-lenders and grocers. They are noted for their light complexion, and are believed to have come from Mesopotamia near the location of Nebuchadnezzar's palace during the height of the Babylonian Empire.
Because they moved so often in the early days, they carried pots of soil from the place they came from in order to maintain their identity and remember their origin. They worship these pots. Some carry the soil from many lands, gathered as they moved along trade routes. Since settling in northern India, Hindi has become their main language, and Hinduism is the religion of all but about .06 percent of these nearly 400,000 people.

What are their needs?
Although there is a plethora of Christian outreach tools available in Hindi such as audio recordings, films, videos, tracts, and Bible translations, the Kasarwani hearts have remained closed to the gospel.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will woo these unreached people.
* Pray that God will cast down the principalities and powers that are the gatekeepers to their souls, and that Jesus will reveal Himself in power and glory to multitudes of precious Kasarwani people.

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-08-22
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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:413,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (197,000)Rajasthan (58,000)
Bihar (43,000)Chhattisgarh (20,000)
Gujarat (19,000)Madhya Pradesh (18,000)
West Bengal (13,000)Assam (9,700)
Maharashtra (9,400)Haryana (8,000)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bania Kasarwani
People Name General: Bania Kasarwani
Alternate People Names:
KesarwaniKesarwani Baniya
Pachhaiha Thok KasarwaniPurbia Thok Kasarwani
बनिया, कसर्वनि
ROP3 Code: 115154
Joshua Project People ID: 19702
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 413,000
Population all Countries: 413,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Forward Caste - Bania
People Name General: Bania Kasarwani
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (292,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (27,000)Gujarati (17,000)
Marwari (15,000)Bengali (11,000)
Chhattisgarhi (8,500)Dhundari (7,500)
Marathi (5,200)Bagheli (5,100)
Assamese (4,300)Magahi (3,900)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 29
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.94 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.06 % 
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: 1835-2012
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / VideoCoconuts
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Hindi)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Bania Kasarwani in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Forward Caste - Bania     Asia, South    
      Bania Kasarwani India    
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