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|People Name:||Sirkiband (Sikh traditions)|
|Primary Language:||Punjabi, Eastern|
|Primary Religion:||Other / Small|
|Christian Adherents:||0.00 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Sikh - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
Their name is related to making mats since they have traditionally made mats from grass reeds. The Sirkiband are a scheduled caste which means they have low, but not really low status. They live in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. The Sirkiband in Punjab speak Punjabi.
Most of them are landless. They make ropes and mats for a living. Some of them are laborers. They have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be presented in oral forms. The Sirkibands in Haryana speak Haryanavi. They make grass thatch from grass. They live in Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi too.
The Sirkiband people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. 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 like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
They need to accept the blessings of Jesus Christ, the one who came to give life to the full.
Pray that Indian believers will lead them into a disciple making movement. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film provides them with the chance to taste and see that the Lord is good. Pray for intercessors and workers.