Bhabra (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bhabra are an ancient merchant class. Most Hindu and Jain Bhabra moved to India during the 1947 Partition, though a small number are in Pakistan where they originated. The majority of the Bhabra people of India practice Hinduism or Jainism. Much smaller groups are Sikhs and Muslims. All Bhabra were at one time Hindus. The two primary languages of the Hindu Bhabra are Hindi and Eastern Punjabi. Many Bhabra also speak English.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today most Hindu Bhabra are involved in trade and business. Some also work as university professors, writers and in the entertainment industry. The Hindu Bhabra marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Adult marriage to one person is the norm. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. The Hindu Bhabra value education and encourage their children to attend universities. The Bhabra are not vegetarian but as Hindus will not eat beef. They hire Brahmins to officiate at important family ceremonies like weddings, births and funerals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though some of the Bhabra are Sikhs, Muslims or Jains, most of the Bhabra people are Hindus. As a business community, these Hindus are especially prone to worship gods like Ganesh and Lakshmi that they believe will bring them prosperity and help them overcome obstacles. The Bhabra 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 or Jews.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhabra need to see that no religious system will bring them the peace and joy that they seek. Only Jesus Christ can get them right with the one, true God and forgive their sins.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhabra (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.

Pray for families of Bhabra believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches. Pray for a chain reaction of Bhabra families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others. Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Bhabra society as all believers learn to love others. Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God’s love will change the Bhabra people.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhabra


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhabra (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhabra (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 400
Population all Countries 40,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names भबरा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16396
ROP3 Code 111542
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Punjab 400
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Western (400 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (400 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1952)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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