The Bansphor derive their name from the words bans, meaning bamboo, and phor or phorna, meaning to split. Their traditional occupation has been to make various bamboo articles, but today many are engaged in other occupations. Because of their low social status they are not allowed to worship in the village or local temples, but the village temple priest performs prayer (puja) on their behalf. They worship regional deities as well as deities of the wider pantheon, such as Vaishno Devi, Jwalaji, and others. A Brahman priest performs their birth, marriage and death rituals.
North India has not been receptive to the Christian Gospel. Much spiritual darkness prevails in this region.
Low status castes are often more receptive to the Gospel than those of high caste status. Humility is an asset. Christians should pray especially for the lower castes of India, while continuing to pray for all peoples.
Pray for the Followers of Christ
There has been no indication of Christian believers among the Bansphor community of India. But someday there will be, and we can pray for them.
Pray for the Entire People Group
Pray this caste will be able to escape the stigma of being in the "untouchable" category, and will experience the freedom that comes from being followers of Christ.
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