Bhangi, Hindu traditions in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Bhangi are a Scheduled Caste, and were traditionally associated with scavenging, sweeping, basket-making, etc. Their women are considered equal in family matters, participate on an equal footing in social and religious matters, and contribute to the family income. A few of the Bhangi living in cities are educated. Hanuman, Chamunda, Ambamata, and other gods and goddesses are regularly worshipped. Many of the Bhangi are followers of Kabir, Ramanandi, Nanak, etc.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition to the Gospel is always an issue, perhaps especially so in South Asia. Much prayer is needed to withstand spiritual opposition.

Outreach Ideas

There are a few reported Christian believers in this group in Bangladesh. And in India, there are a number of believers in this community. Perhaps Christians in the Bhangi community in India will be led by God's Spirit to help their brethren in Bangladesh. Pray to this end.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray that the few believers among the Bhangi will have access to scripture in both printed and audio form. Pray they will be given a hunger for God's Word.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for this low caste community, that their education level will rise in the future, and that they will find adequate employment opportunities.

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People Name General Bhangi, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Bhangi, Hindu traditions
Population in Bangladesh 10,000
World Population 5,025,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Asadaru, Balmik, Balmiki, Barvashia, Bhangi, Bhangi/Chuhra, Bhangia, Chamar, Chuhra, Chura, Churhra, Hadi, Halalkheo, Halalkhor, Hari, Harijan, Jamadar, Jamphora, Jharudar, Khakrobe, Khalpa, Korar, Lal Begi, Macegar, Machegar Lingayat, Machigar, Madar, Malkana, Malkana Mehtar, Malkhana, Maratha Chambhar, Mehtar, Methar, Moci, Mulkana, Olagana, Olgana, Olgana Rukhi, Rohit, Rukhi, Sindhi Moci, Valmiki, Zadmalli
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bhangi, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 16399
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rangpur (3,600) Dhaka (2,600) Rajshahi (1,900) Chittagong (900)
Khulna (800) Barisal (300)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rangpur (3,600) Dhaka (2,600)
Rajshahi (1,900) Chittagong (900)
Khulna (800) Barisal (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (8,200) Chittagonian (500) Hindi (70) Mewari (60)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 8,200 Chittagonian 500
Hindi 70 Mewari 60
Sylheti 10
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 %)
0.77 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.23 %
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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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