Basith (Hindu traditions) in India

Basith (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Basith (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 19,000
World Population: 19,000
Primary Language: Kashmiri
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

Though the Basith speak a Pahari language with one another, they usually also speak Hindi or Urdu as a trade language with outsiders.

Most live in Jammu and Kashmir, in India's far north.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The men drink alcohol, which they buy at local markets. Relationships between men and women are unusual. When there is a divorce, the man is responsible for the children. Daughters share in parental inheritance that usually only goes to sons. Women contribute to the family income by doing odd jobs and enjoy equal status with men. Basith couples prefer small families with only about three children.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindu, but not vegetarian. They worship Hindu gods as well as their own clan deities.

What Are Their Needs?

These people need to put their hope and identity in the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Prayer Points

Pray for Pahari, Hindi, and Urdu materials to find their way into Basith communities. Pray for believers to use drama and storying techniques to teach them biblical messages.

Text Source:   Joshua Project