Banka in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Banka
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 32,000
World Population: 32,000
Primary Language: Odia
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 Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

/HistoryThe Banka live in Odisha. They speak, read and write in Oriya, the language of Odisha.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Banka people work in agriculture. Some work as day laborers. They have a council to look after their needs. They want their children to be educated but find it difficult financially. They use both traditional and modern medicines. The Banka allow marriages between cousins. The divorced can marry again if approved by the elders. The bereaved are allowed to marry again. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming the new family patriarch.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Banka people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

What Are Their Needs?

The Banka people need the abundant life that only Jesus offers.

Prayer Points

Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead their community into a relationship with Jesus Christ, the only Savior. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will become easily available to them. Pray that the Banka families can afford to have their children educated in schools.

Text Source:   Keith Carey