Bantar in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


A Pilgrimage

Source Create International

Introduction / History

The Bantar people of West Bengal and Bihar consider themselves to be Sudras, that is, those from the lowest of the four main sectors of the Hindu pecking order. We don't know for sure, but their name might come from the word "bans" which refers to bamboo. They are most noted for making bamboo goods, but some of them either fish or make thatched roofing for homes.

The Bantar people allow divorce on the grounds of adultery, barrenness or "maladjustment" by either spouce. Unlike most communities, the Bantars have the father keep the children after a marriage fails.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bantar people are Hindus who worship family gods. Some of their sacred specialists are from their own community.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Bantar people will hear about Christ and respond to His love.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-23
People Name General Bantar
People Name in Country Bantar
Population in India 123,000
World Population 174,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Bantar
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 16325
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:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bihar (114,000) West Bengal (8,100) Jharkhand (2,500)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bihar (114,000) West Bengal (8,100)
Jharkhand (2,500)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (63,000) Maithili (51,000) Bengali (7,100) Bhojpuri (2,100)
Magahi (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 63,000 Maithili 51,000
Bengali 7,100 Bhojpuri 2,100
Magahi 40

For Main Lanugage: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
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: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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