Bahna (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Bahna people were cotton ginners, though they claim to have Rajput origin.


Where Are they Located?

Most of these people live in the western Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Some migrated north to Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. A smaller number live over the border in Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Industrialization has caused traditional cotton ginning to become a thing of the past. Most of today's Bahna people are either in manufacturing, or they own their own businesses.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Bahna people in Nepal are entirely Hindu. Their religious beliefs usually include looking to a number of spirit beings and forces that are in opposition to Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

These people are relatively prosperous by the standards of South Asian peoples. They need to understand that they are spiritually poor and in need of a Savior.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Behana will want to know more about Jesus Christ, read the Bible and commit their lives to him.
Pray that gospel recordings will help lead them to salvation.
Pray that local believers will befriend their Behana neighbors, leading them to Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Bahna (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20279/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behna
https://books.google.com/books/about/Languages_of_Nepal.html?id=pcBJngEACAAJ


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bahna (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bahna (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation BAH-nah
Alternate Names Behana; Dhoni; Dhunia; Dhunkar; Mansari; Naddaf; Panjara; Panjira; Panjwara; Penja; Pinja; Pinjali; Pinjara; Pinjia; Punji; बहना (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 18,000
Population all Countries 999,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 20279
ROP3 Code 115836
ROP25 Code 309220
ROP25 Name Bahna / Behana
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 11
Largest States
Janakpur
8,000
Narayani
5,300
Lumbini
3,300
Mahakali
400
Bheri
300
Kosi
300
Sagarmatha
200
Seti
100
Bagmati
100
Mechi
60
Gandaki
60
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 11
  Janakpur 8,000
  Narayani 5,300
  Lumbini 3,300
  Mahakali 400
  Bheri 300
  Kosi 300
  Sagarmatha 200
  Seti 100
  Bagmati 100
  Mechi 60
  Gandaki 60
Website South Asia Peoples
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 Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Maithili (9,500 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
4,400
Awadhi
1,300
Kumaoni
300
Hindi
100
Magahi
40
Nepali
40
Primary Language Maithili (9,500 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 4,400
  Awadhi 1,300
  Kumaoni 300
  Hindi 100
  Magahi 40
  Nepali 40
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Mobile App Android Bible app: Maithili YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Maithili YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Maithili Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path Live Global
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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