Joshi Brahmin in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Joshi are a Brahmin group who lives in many states of Indian. The name Joshi means astrologer or light bringing in Sanskrit. During colonial times, the Joshi would travel from place to place telling the fortunes of the other castes.

Today some Joshi still are employed as astrologers. Often before a Hindu wedding, an astrologer is consulted for setting the best date and time. Most Joshi are no longer astrologers but serve in the highest levels of Indian society as politicians, actors, Hindu scholars, lawyers, engineers, computer scientists and writers. The Joshi encourage both their sons and daughters to get graduate degrees.

The primary language of the Joshi is Hindi. As educated Indians, they also speak English and other regional languages.


Where Are they Located?

Most Joshi Brahmins live in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Smaller groups live in other areas of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Brahmins are the highest caste or Varna in the Hindu religious system. They have a strong work ethic and frequently achieve leadership positions in any area they choose to pursue.

Brahmins are still deeply influenced by the traditional four stages of life; the first student stage is followed by the householder stage, where marriage, raising a family and being a productive member of society is the primary obligation of an individual. Once children are married there is time for spiritual concerns in the third stage of reclusiveness, which is followed (this is rarely practiced) by itinerant homeless wandering.

The Joshi Brahmins are endogamous, that is they will only marry another Brahmin. Families arrange marriage with the consent of the young persons. Sons and sometimes daughters inherit property. Their dead are buried or cremated. Most Joshi are vegetarians. Some will eat meat but not beef. Their main foods are rice, curries, vegetables, fruit and dairy products.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Joshi Brahmin practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 Joshi visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu and Khandoba, an incarnation of Shiva are given a special place of worship among the Joshi.

The main yearly holidays of the Joshi people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn. Joshi Brahmins frequently officiate at these festivals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Joshi, like other Brahmins groups in India, need to be humbled and begin to see themselves as sinners. Like all other people of India, they need the forgiveness and supernatural peace and hope that only Jesus Christ can give.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Brahmin Joshi in India.

Pray that God opens the spiritual eyes of Joshi Brahmin hearts to the light and power of Jesus Christ.
Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Joshi Brahmin communities and tell them about Jesus.
Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge in every Joshi Brahmin community.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshi
joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19949/IN
etnopedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=Garoda,_Hindu


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Brahmin of India profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-09-15
People Name General Brahmin Joshi
People Name in Country Brahmin Joshi
Natural Name Joshi Brahmin
Population this Country 441,000
Population all Countries 446,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Alternate Names Are Budubudikki; Bhaddri; Bhattri; Brahman Terai; Brahmin Terai; Bubdudki; Budabudike; Budabukkalollu; Budbudikki; Buddabukkalollu; Budubudikala; Budubudike; Dakaut; Dasarivandlu; Ganta; Garg; Gudu Guduppandi; Gudugudupanthi; Gurra; Husaini Brahman; Husaini Brahmin; Joshi; Joshi Brahman; Joshi Brahmin; Jotishi; Kudbude; Kudukukappani; Kudukukuppani; Kudukukuppani.Dasarivandlu; Marathi Budbudikki; Mendgi; Peda Budbudike; Rajgurra; Sanchora; Sarode; Sarvade; ब्रह्मन, जोशी
People ID 19949
ROP3 Code 115725
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
150,000
Bihar
74,000
Madhya Pradesh
60,000
Maharashtra
52,000
West Bengal
28,000
Uttarakhand
14,000
Odisha
12,000
Jharkhand
10,000
Assam
6,900
Tamil Nadu
6,700
Andhra Pradesh
6,300
Karnataka
5,000
Gujarat
4,400
Rajasthan
4,200
Chhattisgarh
3,400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 20
  Uttar Pradesh 150,000
  Bihar 74,000
  Madhya Pradesh 60,000
  Maharashtra 52,000
  West Bengal 28,000
  Uttarakhand 14,000
  Odisha 12,000
  Jharkhand 10,000
  Assam 6,900
  Tamil Nadu 6,700
  Andhra Pradesh 6,300
  Karnataka 5,000
  Gujarat 4,400
  Rajasthan 4,200
  Chhattisgarh 3,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (230,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
28,000
Sanskrit
21,000
Bengali
17,000
Bhojpuri
13,000
Kanauji
13,000
Odia
10,000
Awadhi
9,000
Maithili
6,900
Tamil
5,900
Assamese
4,500
Telugu
3,900
Gujarati
3,500
Garhwali
3,500
Bundeli
2,000
Chhattisgarhi
1,800
Primary Language Hindi (230,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 28
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 28,000
  Sanskrit 21,000
  Bengali 17,000
  Bhojpuri 13,000
  Kanauji 13,000
  Odia 10,000
  Awadhi 9,000
  Maithili 6,900
  Tamil 5,900
  Assamese 4,500
  Telugu 3,900
  Gujarati 3,500
  Garhwali 3,500
  Bundeli 2,000
  Chhattisgarhi 1,800
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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