Yadav (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Yadav in Nepal are in every way related with the Yadav in the northern states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, in India.

It's easy to find out who a Yadav is. Just ask them their name and they will tell you their first name followed by their title which is always Yadav.

Previously the Yadav were called Ahir. The name Ahir is derived from 'Abhira' which is a immigrant tribe found in the inscriptions and Hindu sacred books. The Abhira appear to have been one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia. They are spoken of as robbers and foreigners. They claim connection to the god Krishna since he was a herdsman. In Nepal all Yadav will be called Yadav these days.

The Yadav are a caste comprisied of milkmen, cowherds, cattle raisers and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling animal products. The Yadav consist of both landowning and landless people. Some Yadav are businessmen, teachers, doctors, engineers and political leaders. In 2008 Nepal became a democratic country. The first president was Ram Baran Yadav.


Where Are they Located?

They are living almost all over South-Nepal. The highest concentration is in the provinces Janakpur, Sagarmatha, Narayani and Lumbini.

In India the Yadav have many language groups but in Nepal you can reach almost all of them by using 3 languages only (Nepali, Maithili and Bhojpuri).


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Yadav live in joint families. Most of them are vegetarian but many start eating fish, mutton, chicken and sometimes pork, but not beef. Child labor is common among them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Yadav participate in the local traditional and socio-religious festivals. They have expertise in oral traditions and group singing in praise of the god Vishnu, Krishna or one of the many other gods that they worship. Similarly, they are good in musical dance and wrestling. In India in some places they are also known to do some mock-fighting with swords but in Nepal that is not known (as far as we know). Boys are favored for formal education. They are known to have more faith in astrology and talismans rather than in the services of a doctor.


What Are Their Needs?

They need to hear about the way of salvation. Most of the Yadav die never hearing the Name of Jesus once in a lifetime!

But also life, lifestyle and living standard are changing all over the nation. The next generation will need to get other kinds of jobs. To get those jobs they need education but proper education is missing in many places (especially in the villages).


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Yadav (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.

* Pray for the salvation of the Yadav people.
* Pray for short and long term workers / teams to come and pioneer new ministries among the Yadav.
* For new focused evangelism and church planting ministries.
* For literacy and community development work.
* For Christian social workers eradicating alcoholism.
* Christian workers to meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* For the practice of child labor to end among the Yadav people.
* For education to be made available to girls as well to the boys.


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Additional Info
MFAN / YWAM Ministries
The Yadav for the Glory of God
People Name General Yadav (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Yadav (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation YAH-dahv
World Population 59,573,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Abhir; Adav; Adavigolla; Aharwar; Ahir; Ahirani; Ahir-Goala; Asthanagolla; Ayar; Ayar-Boricha; Baredi; Brajwari; Chosh; Couli; Dhangar; Erumakar; Gaolan; Gaoli; Gauvali; Gawal; Gawli; Gayla; Ghasi; Ghosh; Goala; Gol; Gola; Golar; Golkar; Golla; Gollewar; Gop; Gopa; Gopali; Gope; Gopi; Gosangi; Gouli; Gowala; Gullar; Gwal; Gwala; Hir; Idaiyan; Idaiyar; Idayar; Iruman; Jadav; Ji; Kolaya; Konar; Konarulu; Makhar; Muniyani; Pillai; Rai; Rao; Rao Saheb; Rao Sahib; Raut; Reo Saheb; Sadgoala; Sadgope; Sargope; Yadav; Yadava; Yadha; Yadhava; Yadukulum; यादव (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16187
ROP3 Code 111292
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Punjab
11,000
Sindh
7,400
Balochistan
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Punjab 11,000
  Sindh 7,400
  Balochistan 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Saraiki (5,600 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
5,100
Punjabi, Western
600
Koli, Kachi
200
Koli, Wadiyari
200
Dhatki
100
Koli, Parkari
100
Marwari
20
Primary Language Saraiki (5,600 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi 5,100
  Punjabi, Western 600
  Koli, Kachi 200
  Koli, Wadiyari 200
  Dhatki 100
  Koli, Parkari 100
  Marwari 20
People Groups Speaking Saraiki

Primary Language:  Saraiki

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1898-2009)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Saraiki
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.88 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source God Loves Yadav  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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