Kurmi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


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Largest Religion
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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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.


Scripture Prayers for the Kurmi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


References

http://www.indianetzone.com/35/kurmis_indian_caste.htm
http://goo.gl/HeEb4
http://www.experiencefestival.com/upanayanam
http://www.worldlingo.com/ma/enwiki/en/Kurmi
http://goo.gl/plxT7


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation koor-MEE
Population this Country 1,300
Population all Countries 22,819,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Awadhia; Gangwar; Gowd; Kapu; Katiyar; Korma; Kunbi; Kurma; Mahto; Patanwar; Patchwar; Patel; Patidar; Sachan; कुर्मी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17334
ROP3 Code 112717
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 1,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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.
Primary Language Sindhi (700 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
700
Primary Language Sindhi (700 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 700
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more