Pinjara in Bangladesh

Population

29,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Pinjara (Pinja, Penja, Bahna or Dhunia) derive their name from the term pinjala meaning 'cotton weaver.' Their traditional occupation is naturally one of cleaning and reeling cotton to make pillows, quilts or even mattresses. The over 3 million Pinjara can be found either Muslim or Hindu. It is believed that the Muslim Pinjara converted to Islam about 500 years ago during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Pinjara can today be found in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They live in over 500 districts of India and Nepal and speak more than a dozen different languages depending on their location. The Pinjara speak primarily Bhojpuri, Nepali, Maithili and Urdu. Although they are well over 90% Muslim the Pinjara can be found to keep Hindu festivals, even making vows to Hindu gods. The Pinjara are not vegetarian though do not eat pork. They occupy a higher than unclean status and can be found as both skilled and unskilled workers.


What are Their Needs?

Very little ministry activity has been focused on the Pinjara. Many Urdu resources are available although there is a severe lack of workers to this sizable Muslim group in India and Nepal. Pinjara are sometimes looked down on religiously because of their mixture of Islam and Hinduism beliefs. Pray that the Truth could be known and celebrated in Nepal.




Profile Source: Anonymous

People Name General Pinjara
People Name in Country Pinjara
Population in Bangladesh 29,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bahna, Behana, Daffali, Dhunia, Dhunkar, Laliwala, Mansoor, Mansoori, Naddaf, Noor, Panjara, Panjwara, Penja, Pinja, Pinjali, Pinjia, Punji, Shaikh Mansoor, Soria, Sulia, Tai
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Name General Pinjara
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Country Bangladesh
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 23,000 Chittagonian 1,900 Sylheti 1,600 Urdu 200
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 23,000 Chittagonian 1,900
Sylheti 1,600 Urdu 200
Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
100.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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