Bahna (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Bahna or Behana are a Hindu people who live in north and central India. Their name comes a word for "seed." Their traditional occupation was separating the seeds from raw cotton. The Bahna believe they originally came from Persia or Afghanistan. With the coming of the modern technology, the Bahna have gone into different jobs like selling fabric, agriculture, manufacturing and trade. Some Bahna became Muslims during the time of the Moghuls. Many of them left India and moved to Pakistan in 1947. Many of the Bahna girls receive little formal education while the boys pursue more schooling. The Bahna are a Scheduled Caste meaning they receive special consideration for public jobs and university admissions. The primary language of the Bahna is Hindi.


Where Are they Located?

The large majority of the Hindu Bahna live in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bahna marry within their community often their cousins. One spouse is the general rule while having more than one wife is legal. The sons inherit their father's property. Their dead are cremated.

The Bahna are not vegetarians but as Hindus do not eat beef. Their main foods are rice, wheat, lentils, vegetables and fruit. Most Bahna live in villages with other castes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bahna 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 Bahna visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Bahna people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bahna need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. Teachers can come and help their girls gain a basic education. The Bahna need help in bringing modern conveniences to their villages.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those ministering to the Bahna people.
* Pray for the tiny number of Bahna believers to grown and be strengthened in the faith.
* Pray for movements to Jesus to sweep through Bahna families, permeating the group from within.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behna
peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/dhunia/comment-page-1/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-25
People Name General Bahna (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bahna (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 822,000
World Population 837,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
Alternate Names Behana, Dhoni, Dhunia, Dhunkar, Mansari, Naddaf, Panjara, Panjira, Panjwara, Penja, Pinja, Pinjali, Pinjara, Pinjia, Punji, बहना (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20279
ROP3 Code 115836
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
778,000
Haryana
27,000
Uttarakhand
10,000
Madhya Pradesh
5,000
Maharashtra
800
Himachal Pradesh
200
Chhattisgarh
200
Delhi
200
Odisha
100
Gujarat
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Uttar Pradesh 778,000
  Haryana 27,000
  Uttarakhand 10,000
  Madhya Pradesh 5,000
  Maharashtra 800
  Himachal Pradesh 200
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Delhi 200
  Odisha 100
  Gujarat 50
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (611,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Awadhi
74,000
Bhojpuri
62,000
Kanauji
50,000
Bundeli
7,400
Kumaoni
3,800
Braj Bhasha
2,000
Bagheli
1,400
Haryanvi
1,200
Garhwali
800
Marathi
400
Mandeali
300
Bagri
200
Punjabi, Eastern
200
Odia
100
Chhattisgarhi
100
Primary Language Hindi (611,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Awadhi 74,000
  Bhojpuri 62,000
  Kanauji 50,000
  Bundeli 7,400
  Kumaoni 3,800
  Braj Bhasha 2,000
  Bagheli 1,400
  Haryanvi 1,200
  Garhwali 800
  Marathi 400
  Mandeali 300
  Bagri 200
  Punjabi, Eastern 200
  Odia 100
  Chhattisgarhi 100
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  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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