Baria (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Baria are a community primarily in Gujarat but are also in other states of India. A very small number are in Pakistan. They have always been a landowning community, so they have good status among Hindus, both in India and Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They still own land and make sure it is cultivated and productive. They have a caste council to enforce social control. As for inheritance, the sons equally divide the property, but the youngest son gets the family home. Baria women work in the fields and forests, and as laborers in road construction, they work to supplement the family income. Women wear a golden armlet (kada) and apply spangle (tikki) on their forehead as marriage symbols.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Baria worship clan deities on important occasions. They visit shrines and temples of Hindu gods and goddesses and celebrate Janmashtami, Holi, Dhuleti, Raksha Bandhan, Diwasa, Dussehra, Diwali, etc.


What Are Their Needs?

As an unreached people group in Pakistan, they need the chance to hear that Jesus offers them an abundant life, and He is the only way to eternal salvation.


Prayer Points

There are probably no followers of Jesus today among the Baria, so pray for the Lord to begin to stir the hearts of many in this community to know the creator God. Pray the Baria will soon be set completely free from the worship of created things. Spiritual matters are spiritually understood, therefore, pray for the Lord's Spirit to grant understanding. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Barias and other Hindu communities in Muslim Pakistan.


Scripture Prayers for the Baria (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Baria (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Baria (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 5,800
Population all Countries 312,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Baria; Baria Kshatriya Patel; Baria Patel; Baurasi; Beria; Beriah; Boria; Buriro; Koli Baria; Thakarda; बरिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16523
ROP3 Code 111698
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sindh
5,400
Balochistan
200
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sindh 5,400
  Balochistan 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (5,200 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Kacchi
400
Urdu
60
Primary Language Sindhi (5,200 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Kacchi 400
  Urdu 60
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
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.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more