Hot Baloch in Pakistan

The Hot Baloch have only been reported in Pakistan
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Introduction / History

The Baloch people live in the southernmost region of the Iranian plateau in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. The Balochi language is divided into Wester, Eastern and Southern Baloch but divided further into small dialects. The Hot Baloch speak an Eastern Baloch language.

It is believed that the name "Baloch" is derived from the name of the Babylonian king and god Belus. Some believe the word is a derivation of Sanskrit words "Bal" meaning strength and "Och" meaning high or magnificent.

The Baloch claim their origins to be in Aleppo in what is now Syria. They are descendants of Hazrat Ameer Hamza, the uncle of Islamic prophet Muhammad. Based on an analysis of the linguistic connections of the Balochi language, the original homeland of the Balochi tribes was likely the east or southeast area of the central Caspian region.

The Hot Baloch generally live in remote mountainous and desert regions, which provides protection from invasions. They live mainly in the Balochistan region of the southeastern-most edge of the Iranian plateau in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan, as well as in the Arabian Peninsula.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Hot Baloch live according to tribal customs. Baloch men wear long shirts with long sleeves and loose pants. They sometimes wear turbans on their heads. The Baloch living in Iran observe a more conservative dress code; some women cover their faces with thick red wools and wear a head scarf and long veil.

Gold ornaments such as necklaces and bracelets are an important aspect of Baloch women's traditions. They usually wear a gold brooch that is used to fasten two parts of the dress together over the chest. They pass traditions to children through oral history retelling. The tradition of a Baloch mother singing lullabies to her children has played an important role in the transfer of knowledge from generation to generation for many centuries.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hot Baloch are predominantly Sunni Muslims but some are Shia Muslim. Balochi customs and traditions are conducted according to codes imposed by their tribal laws.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Hot Baloch may be open to the message of the gospel.
Pray that God will provide workers who speak the Balochi language to work with the Hot Baloch peoples.
Pray that God will supply unity and peace among the various tribes of the Baloch people.


Scripture Prayers for the Baloch Hot in Pakistan.


References

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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Baloch Hot
People Name in Country Baloch Hot
Natural Name Hot Baloch
Alternate Names Hothi; बलोच, हॉट
Population this Country 107,000
Population all Countries 107,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 20247
ROP3 Code 115990
ROP25 Code 300774
ROP25 Name Baloch
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Punjab
74,000
Sindh
16,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
14,000
Balochistan
800
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Punjab 74,000
  Sindh 16,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 14,000
  Balochistan 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Balochi, Eastern (65,000 speakers)
Language Code bgp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
17,000
Balochi, Southern
10,000
Sindhi
4,600
Urdu
2,700
Pashto, Central
1,900
Punjabi, Western
1,600
Pashto, Northern
800
Primary Language Balochi, Eastern (65,000 speakers)
Language Code bgp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 17,000
  Balochi, Southern 10,000
  Sindhi 4,600
  Urdu 2,700
  Pashto, Central 1,900
  Punjabi, Western 1,600
  Pashto, Northern 800
People Groups Speaking Balochi, Eastern
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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