Bhand, Muslim in Nepal

Population

10,600

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 Nepal 10,600
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 Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Districts of Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, and Banke.

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili (7,700) Urdu (2,000) Nepali (1,800) Bhojpuri (200)
Awadhi (80) Bengali (50) Rajbanshi (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 7,700 Urdu 2,000
Nepali 1,800 Bhojpuri 200
Awadhi 80 Bengali 50
Rajbanshi 30
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Scripture Earth Online Printed Bible
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-02

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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