Turi Barot 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 Turi Barot are a Hindu people who live in Gujarati, the west state of India and in Pakistan. During the Partition of India of 1947 many Hindus left Pakistan and moved to India. Many Muslims in India fled to Pakistan. This accounts for the fact that many more Barot live in India than Pakistan.
Barot was traditionally an honorific title. Traditionally the Barot read genealogies and myths and recited poetry for a living. However, in modern times they have lost enough clients that they now do other things to make a living. The Barot claim to be Brahmin in origin.
The Turi Barot who live in India and speak Gujarati. The others who live further west in Pakistan use Sindhi are their primary language. Many resources are available in Sindhi including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Since their traditional jobs have disappeared, educated Barot now work in government service or in private business. Rural Barot farm the land and grow rice, wheat, lentils, and vegetables.
The gospel may need to be presented to the rural Barot in oral and visual forms since their literacy rate is low especially among their women.
The Barot marry within their group. Families and young people arrange marriages. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit property and take care of elderly parents.
In the urban regions the Barot use modern medicine but in rural regions they favor traditional medicines. The Barot love drama, dancing, singing, and reciting poetry. These activities are prominent during Hindu festivals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Turi Barot people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of South Asia. 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 as Christians do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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?

The Barot community needs to experience the abundant blessings that only Jesus Christ can offer. Older Turi Barot people are mostly illiterate; younger people are seeking opportunities to leave rural areas and seek better educational and employment opportunities in the cities. They need to be exposed to the good news of Jesus Christ, God’s provision for the payment of their sins.


Prayer Points

Pray for believers to go to the Turi Barot with culturally appropriate songs and dramas that exalt the name of Jesus Christ.
Pray that many Turi Barot people will respond to the gospel, and that a disciple making movement will begin throughout their region in this decade.
Pray that the Lord will raise up many intercessors to pray for Turi Barot families.
Ask the Lord to send workers to the Turi Barot of Pakistan and India.


Scripture Prayers for the Turi Barot in Pakistan.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Turi Barot
People Name in Country Turi Barot
Population this Country 1,900
Population all Countries 20,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dhed Barot; Dhedh Barot; Harijan Barot; टूरी बरोट
People ID 18227
ROP3 Code 113753
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (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 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (1,100 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
700
Kacchi
80
Primary Language Sindhi (1,100 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 700
  Kacchi 80
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Sindhi
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sindhi
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
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.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more