Lohara in Bangladesh



Population

17,300

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Lohara of India are a respected tribe who are prominent in the state of West Bengal. They are similar in culture and tradition to the other tribes who live near them. They take part in festivals, dancing, music and rituals and are good at art work.

As well as being in West Bengal, some of the Lohara live in parts of the regions in the state of Jharkhand like Singhbhum, Hazaribag, Palamu, Ranchi and Santhal Pargana. They are skilled in the craft of making iron.

The Lohara are involved in several types of work in which they earn a living. Some are shepherds, many breed cattle. Others weave baskets. They make first class iron products. They have special tools for carving. Some of them cultivate. The houses they live in are very artistic in design.

They sing and dance too. The men and women of the Lohara dance wearing their regular traditional clothes and sing along at the same time. They do their art work from handloom weaving tools. They do wall paintings too which are put on show at festival times. They speak in the same language as other tribes in their region and their clothing is similar to the other local tribes also.


What are Their Beliefs?

The Lohara have many festivals. Some are performed at home and others are performed in the community. In the festivals they worship folk gods. They worship them to please them and to be blessed. (They need to discover that blessings come through Jesus Christ). They have many social ceremonies and rituals. The rituals are mainly to do with nature conservation and booties to help them earn a living.


References

www.indianetzone.com/8/lohara_tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Lohara
People Name in Country Lohara
Population in Bangladesh 17,000
World Population 329,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Lohra, Luhara, Luhura
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Lohara
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17381
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylhet (16,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylhet (16,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sylheti (13,000) Bengali (2,600) Bishnupriya (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sylheti 13,000 Bengali 2,600
Bishnupriya 200
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1993)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sylheti
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.95 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.42 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.63 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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