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Bhat (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

Bhat (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
30,000 Sindhi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bhat (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Bhat believe that they are an offshoot of Brahmins, as their name is merely a corruption of the term Brahmin. The Bhat served in administrative positions during and before the British colonial period. Some Bhat have moved to the West where they occupy positions in the fields of medicine, science and education.
The primary language of the Bhat in Pakistan is Sindhi. Many of their men also speak Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. Many Christian resources are available in Sindhi including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film. There may be few or no followers of Christ today among the Hindu Bhat of Pakistan.
During the Partition of India in 1947 many Hindus in Pakistan moved to India while many Muslims in India moved to Pakistan. The vast majority of the Hindu Bhat people make their home in India. Much smaller groups live in Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
The Bhat are a landowning community. Lower castes work the land as Bhat refrain from manual labor. The Bhat often work in Hindu temples as priests. Literacy is low among the Bhat women. The Bhat are also known for being poets, singers, entertainers and story-tellers.
Parents encourage their sons to attend universities and obtain graduate degrees. Many Bhat occupy a high status in Indian society as writers, athletes, entertainers, politicians, and scientists.

What are their beliefs?
The Bhat consider themselves to be devout Hindus. Hinduism is 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 as 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?
The Bhat community in India speaks over 40 languages. Evangelistic and church planting efforts need to accommodate these language subdivisions. The low literacy rate among women suggests the need for oral communication of the gospel message. The pride of the Bhat can often be a hindrance in trusting Christ as Savior and Lord.

Prayer Points
Pray for Christian workers to carry the good news of Jesus to the Bhat community in Pakistan.
Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Bhat families and clans into a rich experience of God's blessings.
Pray that the elders and leaders in the Bhat community in Pakistan would read the Bible.
Pray each individual in the Bhat community who is capable of making a decision about Christ will be given at least one opportunity to do so.

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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:30,000
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (28,000)Balochistan (900)
Punjab (600)
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People Name in Country: Bhat (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Bhat (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
BaghmundiBahi Bhati
BahrotBaram Bhatt
Bhat BrahmanBhat Brahmin
ROP3 Code: 111555
Joshua Project People ID: 16406
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 30,000
Population all Countries: 1,681,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Bhat (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sindhi (26,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Saraiki (1,300)Dhatki (1,000)
Marwari (900)Punjabi, Western (500)
Urdu (400)Kacchi (200)
Total Languages: 7
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: 1825-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1954
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Sindhi
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Sindhi
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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