The Neo Buddhist or Nav Buddhist are a scheduled caste in India and changed from Hinduism to Buddhism in the latter half of the last century. Many live in Maharashtra and in other Indian States too. They celebrate Buddhist festivals.
In Andhra Pradesh they speak, read and write in Telugu. They are not vegetarians. They have cousin marriages. Divorce is not allowed. The bereaved can marry again. Children inherit equal amounts of property upon the death of the father. They have a
naming ceremony for children that is performed by Buddhist monks. There are marriage rituals and the dead are cremated or buried. Agriculture is their main work. The Buddhist Sangam settles disputes among them.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Neo Buddhists speak Hindi. Many of them do shoe making and leather work for a living. They use modern medicines and family planning.
In Karnataka, they speak with others not in their group in Kannada and read and write in Kannada too. They eat wheat and rice as cereals.
In Gujarat they use Gujarati. In the Punjab they speak Punjabi and Hindi and read and write in Gurmukhi and Devanagari too.
* Scripture Prayers for the Nau Buddh in India.
* Pray that the Buddhist Sangam come to Jesus Christ and lead others of the Neo Buddhists to Him also.
* Pray that they will realize that neither Hinduism nor Buddhism will provide a path orightness with God.
* Pray that gospel materials and the Internet will point them toward salvation.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Nau Buddh|
|People Name in Country||Nau Buddh|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Alternate Names||Abne; Anantkulia; Andvan; Antyaja; Atisudra; Autkamble; Bhumia; Bhumiputra; Bhuyal; Buddhist; Chokhapur; Dhed; Dhegu Megu; Jharia; Mehra; Mhar; Nav Buddhist; Neo-Buddhist; Taral; Yesker; नौ बुद्ध|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Marathi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1811-1982)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Marathi|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Marathi|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Gospel website in this language|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: मराठी - Marathi|