Bhangi, Muslim traditions in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Bhangi, a Scheduled Caste in India, were traditionally associated with scavenging, sweeping, basket-making, etc. In the colonial period they were brought into urban areas to perform the first two roles and they became an urban community. The majority are employed by the municipality as scavengers. In addition, they also prepare bamboo articles and work as drum-beaters. A few of the Bhangi living in cities are educated. Most Bhangi in South Asia are Hindu, but a sizable subgroup is Muslim, living in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Ministry Obstacles

The Bhangi speak several languages, as most communities do in South Asia. Separate church planting projects may be needed for each language subgroup.

Outreach Ideas

The Gospel of Christ needs to come to these people primarily in oral form. Pray for workers who know how to communicate the Gospel in story form, and also for videos and recordings to be made available to these people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no reported Christians among the Muslim Bhangi community, in any country of residence. Please pray the Lord will begin stirring the hearts of these people to find forgiveness for their sin. Pray they will be given growing interest in Isa (Jesus) as he is known in the Koran, and will be drawn to who Jesus truly is.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for improving literacy rates among the Bhangi, and for a better standard of living. They have been among the Untouchable castes, and this stigma needs to be removed.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-14
People Name General Bhangi, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Bhangi, Muslim traditions
Population in Pakistan 75,000
World Population 210,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Balmiki, Barvashia, Bhangaro, Bhangia, Chuhra, Halalkhor, Hari, Jamphora, Korar, Lal Begi, Mehmar, Mehtar, Olgana, Rukhi, Zadmalli
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindh (71,000) Punjab (3,300)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindh (71,000) Punjab (3,300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  11  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindhi (29,000) Urdu (16,000) Saraiki (14,000) Panjabi, Western (7,100)
Goaria (3,300) Kachchi (500) Koli, Wadiyara (500) Bagri (400)
Koli, Parkari (100) Dhatki (80) Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sindhi 29,000 Urdu 16,000
Saraiki 14,000 Panjabi, Western 7,100
Goaria 3,300 Kachchi 500
Koli, Wadiyara 500 Bagri 400
Koli, Parkari 100 Dhatki 80
For Primary Language: Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1825-1981)
New Testament Yes   (1890-1992)
Complete Bible Yes   (1954)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Common Language New Testament Text / Printed Matter
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Sindhi Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
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  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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