Shah in India

The Shah have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Shah are a small urban community in northern India. Shah means king, and there are a couple of myths regarding how they came to their current home in northern India. They claim that their ancestors were the prestigious Rajputs who ruled various parts of the subcontinent for hundreds of years.


Where Are they Located?

The small Shah caste lives in Uttarakhand, a state in northern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

These people are usually traders in an urban environment. They have many clans. They are usually prosperous.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Shah people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Shah people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Like all people groups on earth, the Shah people need a relationship with the King of kings that will allow them to become part of Christ’s royal family. They need their communities to be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Shah in India.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Shah people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Shah people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Shah people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shah_(caste)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Shah
People Name in Country Shah
World Population 6,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Sahu; Sau Bani; Sau-Bani; Shahu; शाह
People ID 18081
ROP3 Code 113582
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Uttarakhand 6,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kumaoni (3,700 speakers)
Language Code kfy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Hindi
1,700
Primary Language Kumaoni (3,700 speakers)
Language Code kfy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 1,700
People Groups Speaking Kumaoni

Primary Language:  Kumaoni

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-2007)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1825)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kumaoni
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kumaoni
General Gospel website in this language
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Text / Printed Matter Online Bible Text (Scripture Earth)
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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