Bant in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Bant
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,600
World Population: 1,600
Primary Language: Kannada
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Bakad are also known as the Nador people. The name Nador is an altered form of the term Nadavar, which means countrymen or natives of the land. Torke Nador and Uppu Nador are the two endogamous groups among the Nador, who have adopted Naik and Nayak as their titles respectively. The Nador have matrilineal clans such as, Ajjana, Ane, Chendi, Ganga, Hole, Hone, Nag, Shitti and Shiva, etc.

The Bant speak the Kannada language and use the Kannada script. They live mainly in the Uttar Kannad district of Karnataka.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture and horticulture are the traditional occupations of the Bant. Bant women participate in agricultural activities and animal husbandry. Their staple food consists of rice, ragi and pulses.

Bant marriages are between one man and one woman. They have vertically extended families. The Bant have a hereditary headman called Yajamana in their traditional caste council.

The Bant have a flair for wall and floor painting. They also perform folk-plays known as Yakshagana as a hobby.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bant people need to accept the warm embrace of the only savior so they can enjoy spiritually meaningful lives.

Prayer Points

Pray for the authority of Christ to bind hindering spiritual forces to lead the Bant from darkness to light.

Pray for signs and wonders among the Bant and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.

Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to the Bant.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ.

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