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Brahui, Kur Galli in Pakistan

Brahui, Kur Galli

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2,543,000 Brahui Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % Not available   

Brahui, Kur Galli in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Brahui of Pakistan reside in Kelat. This area of some 30,000 square miles is divided into the highlands of Sarawan and the lowland plain of Kacci. The zones are separated by the Sulaiman and Kirthar mountain ranges and by the 80-mile-long area known as the Bolan Pass. Smaller groups of Brahui can also be found in southern Afghanistan and in Iran.

The Brahui rose to power by overthrowing a dynasty of Hindu kings in the 1600s. Under Nasir Khan in the 1700s, the confederacy reached its peak. Today, the Brahui are made up a group of 29 tribes. Eight of those tribes form what is believed to the original Brahui nucleus.

Brahui can be distinguished from their Pushtun and Baluchi neighbors by their Dravidian language, called Brahuidi. Linguists have not been able to discover the link between the Brahui and other speakers of Dravidian languages who live 1000 miles away in southern India.

What are their lives like?
For years, most Brahui were nomadic shepherds who traveled between the highlands and the lowlands in search of proper temperatures, rainfall, and pasture for their flocks. During the cold and icy winter months, the Brahui lived in the plains. They returned to the hills only after the lambs were born in February or March.

The number of Brahui nomads has consistently declined over the past hundred years, and today there are many fully-settled villages dependent on underground water irrigation to raise the numerous cash crops. There are a number of towns that serve as administrative and commercial centers, although relatively few Brahui live in town year round.

The Brahui shepherds have organized themselves into groups of cooperating households known as khalks. Each khalk combines its herds into one flock under the care of a professional resident shepherd. The resident shepherd controls up to 500 sheep. This procedure benefits the Brahui economically because it allows the men and their adult sons to work on local village farms in exchange for wheat. Having one resident shepherd also enables the men to take their herds to market for sale and to exchange information with other Brahui about the locations of various camps and flocks.

Through the use of khalks, Brahui have become expert shepherds. They have learned the optimum number of sheep that can be grazed together. They also have discovered that sheep are not happy in very small groups, and that they spread and wander under such conditions. When the herds increase to more than 500 animals, leaders "multiply" the group, shifting the tents to form a new khalk.

Marriages are arranged within families. Fathers prefer their sons to marry a cousin on the father's side, although, occasionally, families will consider the wishes of the couple. Men may take multiple wives, but the expenses incurred tend to limit this practice. Divorce is rare among the Brahui. The ideal family consists of married sons who live with their parents. After the father's death, brothers continue to live together with a united family estate under the leadership of the eldest son.

The tribe is the basic political unit of the Brahui. Tribes base their membership on patrilineal descent (common male ancestors) and political allegiance.

What are their beliefs?
Most Brahui are Sunni Muslims. They are deeply rooted in their faith and adhere to the five essential duties of Islam: praying, fasting, giving to the poor, affirming that "Allah is the only god and that Mohammed is his prophet", and making a pilgrimage to Mecca.

What are their needs?
They need much intercession, additional evangelical materials, and added laborers who will work with them and be willing adapt to their harsh nomadic lifestyle.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Lord to send laborers with servants' hearts to the Brahui to work among them.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to the missions agencies that are presently working among the Brahui.
* Pray that the Jesus film will be used wisely and that God will bring much fruit as the film is shown to the Brahui.
* Pray that Brahui who have heard the Gospel will respond to Jesus and will share His love with others.
* Ask the Lord to raise strong local churches among the Brahui.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-06
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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:4 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,543,000
Largest Provinces:
Balochistan (1,619,000)Sindh (918,000)
Punjab (5,200)Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (200)
Islamabad (100)
Total Provinces on file:5
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Brahui, Kur Galli
People Name General: Brahui
Alternate People Names:
BirahuiBrahudi
KalatKur Galli
ब्रहुई
ROP3 Code: 101653
Joshua Project People ID: 10959
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,543,000
Population all Countries: 2,853,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asian, other
People Name General: Brahui
Ethnic Code: CNN23z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Brahui (2,179,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): brh    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (69,000)Balochi, Southern (51,000)
Saraiki (46,000)Balochi, Western (23,000)
Sindhi (14,000)Waneci (6,500)
Pashto, Central (6,300)Balochi, Eastern (4,500)
Jadgali (3,100)Pashto, Southern (1,600)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 13
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-ReligiousUnknown 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1905-1978
New Testament:
1998
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Brahui
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
 
 
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Brahui, Kur Galli in Pakistan

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