Bagdi, Hindu traditions in India






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Main Language


Introduction / History

Tanvir, a shrewd Hindu Bengali, was bargaining with a Bagdi fisherman. He offered the man, Amit, 50 rupees (US $1.50) for each of his hilsa fish, a great delicacy among Bengali people. Amit replied, "You have a deal. God Shiva gave me good luck with this catch." Later Tanvir told a friend, "When you go to the port, buy your fish from a Bagdi fisherman. They have no idea that the government put a ban on chickens because of the bird flu. This has made the price of fish go way up. Would you believe I made a profit of 250 rupees for each fish I bought from one guy?"

The majority of Bagdi's three million people live in West Bengal. There are 14 Bagdi sub-groups which are even further subdivided. Most of them live by fishing and making fish nets. Some work as agricultural and masonry laborers. Few of them get more than a couple of years of education. However, some are beginning to advance in areas of economics and politics. The practice of Hinduism is a central part of their lives, which involves all rituals associated with birth, marriage and death. There are almost no known believers among the Bagdi people.

The Bagdi peoples are very complicated. Though they are Dalits, many in India believe that the Baghis are the descendants of a union between a Kshatriaya father and a Vaishya mother, both of which are forward castes.

Though the majority of them are involved with farm work, the Bagdi people are associated with fishing and the making of fishing nets. They are almost entirely Hindu.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will cause whole villages of Bagdis to hear and understand that God is their Creator.
* Pray that Bagdis will embrace salvation found in Jesus.
* Pray that soon the Bagdi people will embrace the One whose fishermen disciples became fishers of men for the Almighty One.
* Pray that Bengali believers will reach out to these Hindus.

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People Name General Bagdi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Bagdi, Hindu traditions
Population in India 3,544,000
World Population 3,624,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bagadi, Bagri, Bakti, Bangti, Bargakshatriya, Bogada, Byagra Kshatriya, Byagrakshatriya, Duley, Malia Bagdi, Mete
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Bagdi, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 16281
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  26  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (3,408,000) Odisha (60,000) Jharkhand (26,000) Andaman and Nicobar (14,000)
Bihar (9,100) Meghalaya (5,700) Uttar Pradesh (4,500) Nagaland (3,700)
Arunachal Pradesh (3,100) Delhi (1,600) Uttarakhand (1,600) Madhya Pradesh (1,300)
Manipur (1,200) Mizoram (900) Telangana (800) Karnataka (600)
Gujarat (500) Tripura (500) Tamil Nadu (200) Sikkim (200)
Total States on file:  26  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (3,408,000) Odisha (60,000)
Jharkhand (26,000) Andaman and Nicobar (14,000)
Bihar (9,100) Meghalaya (5,700)
Uttar Pradesh (4,500) Nagaland (3,700)
Arunachal Pradesh (3,100) Delhi (1,600)
Uttarakhand (1,600) Madhya Pradesh (1,300)
Manipur (1,200) Mizoram (900)
Telangana (800) Karnataka (600)
Gujarat (500) Tripura (500)
Tamil Nadu (200) Sikkim (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  23  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (3,275,000) Hindi (142,000) Oriya (53,000) Andaman Creole Hindi (1,600)
Pengo (1,300) Maithili (1,300) Nimadi (900) Bhojpuri (800)
Sadri (800) Kui (700) Mundari: Bhumij (700) Ho (500)
Kharia (400) Assamese (400) Awadhi (400) Chhattisgarhi (300)
Kanauji (200) Santhali: Karmali (200) Kuvi (100) Bhatri (90)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 3,275,000 Hindi 142,000
Oriya 53,000 Andaman Creole Hindi 1,600
Pengo 1,300 Maithili 1,300
Nimadi 900 Bhojpuri 800
Sadri 800 Kui 700
Mundari: Bhumij 700 Ho 500
Kharia 400 Assamese 400
Awadhi 400 Chhattisgarhi 300
Kanauji 200 Santhali: Karmali 200
Kuvi 100 Bhatri 90
For Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkados Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Standard Bangla Common Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: কিতাবুল মোকাদ্দস Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Bengali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.97 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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