Kurmi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,400
World Population: 23,233,400
Primary Language: Sindhi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Kurmi
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Kurmi is the name given to a Hindu caste. The caste system in South Asia is a pattern of social stratification associated with Hinduism, though it also affects all other religious communities in South Asia including Pakistan.
The word "kurmi" literally means the "I cans" or the "I am ables." The Kurmi are also known as Kunbi. The word "kurmi" is related to the word karmi derived from the word "karma" (action or merit). Defining caste by karma instead by lineage and birth was a major change of defining caste instead of that based on birth lineage and ancestry linked to the Vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures) and espoused by Brahmins (priestly caste).
The Kurmi are believed to be descendants of some of the earliest Aryan immigrants to India and come from the Kshatriyas (warrior caste) who became farmers. Historical writers say that the relationship between the Kshatriyas (warrior caste) and the Brahmins became strained. Consequently, Brahmins started keeping the Vedas a secret from the Kshatriyas. A Vedic Kshatriya was a defender of the faith and righteous order. However, some Kshatriyas, influenced by Buddha and Mahavira, decided they did not need Vedic scriptures for supreme spiritual self-mastery or to define their lineage or caste. Kshatriyas in India's northern empires adopted Buddhism and Jainism.
The Kurmis are found throughout India, from Punjab to Bengal in the east as well as southern India. Others live in Nepal and Bangladesh. The smallest Kurmi community is in Pakistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Modern Kurmi are relatively prosperous and educated. Their lifestyle is associated with farming and trading. Due to their agricultural link, the Kurmi are viewed as one of the "backward" or lower castes. Their status has not improved in Muslim Pakistan.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Kurmis are Hindus, so they are a religious minority in Pakistan. Buddhists and Jains can be found amongst them as well.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kurmi need the salvation offered by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

The Lion of Judah is offering the Kurmi the right to be a special people and royal priests of the Almighty.
Pray that the Kurmi as a whole heed this call and give their hearts in a positive response.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint and thrust out loving workers to the Kurmi people in Pakistan.

Text Source:   Joshua Project