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Thakkar in Pakistan


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Thakkar in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Thakkar or Thakrar are descendants of the ancient Hindu Lohana people. The Lohana were rulers, administrators and warriors of north and west India for over three millennia. They were members of the Kshatriya caste, the second highest caste in Hinduism. In the 18th century the Lohana were defeated by the Muslim armies and became merchants and traders. Some Lohana converted to Islam while most continued to be Hindus. These Hindu businessmen are the Thakkar of today. The Thakkar encourage their children to go to universities. Many of the Thakkar have become physicians, attorneys, engineers, and government leaders. Many are involved in the entertainment field. Some Thakkar have left India and live in Britain, east Africa and in the United States. They form a worldwide business network for other Thakkar.

What are their lives like?
The Thakkar are members of modern society. They live in cities and often are leaders in government and industry. The Thakkar tend to marry within their Kshatriya caste though marrying outside of their caste is becoming more common. Traditionally, a newly married Thakkar couple would live with or near the groom's parents. In modern life this is becoming less common. Brahmin priests are hired to officiate their important life ceremonies like births, weddings and funerals. The Thakkar are not vegetarian but as Hindus they do not eat beef.

What are their beliefs?
The Thakkar practice Hinduism. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Shiva, the destroyer god, and Vishnu in his avatars or Rama and Krishna are given special emphasis. The sun god Surya is a patron deity. 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 Thakkar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods. The main yearly holidays of the Thakkar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.

What are their needs?
The Thakkar need to see that material riches cannot bring them forgiveness or peace of mind. They need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. They need to see the gospel of Christ lived out before them by true followers of Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray the Lord will give the Thakkar a spiritual hunger, then satisfy that hunger with the Word of God. Pray that the Thakkar will understand the value of becoming part of God's family. Pray for a Holy Spirit led humility for all Thakkar communities to fall at the feet of the King of kings. Pray that God raises up a Disciple Making Movement in the Thakkar community in Pakistan.


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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:13,000
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (12,000)Balochistan (200)
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People Name in Country: Thakkar
People Name General: Thakkar
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113777
Joshua Project People ID: 18245
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 13,000
Population all Countries: 711,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Thakkar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sindhi (10,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dhatki (1,900)Kacchi (100)
Koli, Wadiyari (30)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.44 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.56 % 
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
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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
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Thakkar in Pakistan

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