Bhand, Muslim in India

Population

31,400

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Bhand or Bhanr people get their name from the term in Sanskrit for 'jester' or bhanda. They are an occupational lower caste people who have been singers, dancers, actors and jesters since the days of feudal Kingdoms in India.


What are Their Lives Like?

Today the Bhands are still known for their singing, dancing and story-telling in many areas of north and central India. The Damaleh Bhand in India are especially known for their folk-dance, folk-music and playing of the drum and flute. Most Bhand, however, can be found to have left their traditional occupation and moved into small business selling of household goods or toys. Being of a lower caste has forced some into rick-shaw pulling and begging for subsistance. The Bhands are Sunni Muslim and speak Maithili as well as Nepali and Urdu. Literacy is very low and many children are not able to attend school though the boys often attend some Islamic instruction.


What are Their Needs?

Because of their prominent traditional position in the community in performing, the Bhand community ought to be more open to outside communication and likely the Gospel. Few have ever approached the Muslim Bhand in Nepal with the Gospel and consequently there are no known believers.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bhand, Muslim
People Name in Country Bhand, Muslim
Population in India 31,400
World Population 45,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhan, Bhangat, Bhanr, Bhant, Naqqal, Rana Bhand
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bhojpur-Maithili
People Name General Bhand, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu (28,000) Bhojpuri (3,100) Magahi (400) Kashmiri (300)
Maithili (200) Awadhi (200) Bengali (80) Marwari (60)
Kanauji (50) Hindi: Hindustani (Unknown) Kumaoni (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 28,000 Bhojpuri 3,100
Magahi 400 Kashmiri 300
Maithili 200 Awadhi 200
Bengali 80 Marwari 60
Kanauji 50 Hindi: Hindustani 10
Kumaoni 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCB
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
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
Film / Video Urdu Language Film
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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