Rajbansi Koch, Hindu in Bangladesh

Population

116,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Koch of Bangladesh live in a small pocket of land along the Indian border in northwestern Dhaka division. These Koch speak a Tibeto-Burman language, and this distinguishes them from a much larger group of Koch (sometimes spelled Cooch) who speak an Indo-Aryan language. Within Bangladesh the Tibeto- Burman Koch generally continue to follow their traditional "Sonaton" religion, though some say they are Hindu. Most of the Indo-Aryan Koch speakers in Bangladesh have embraced Islam.

Among the Tibeto-Burman Koch there are two groups in Bangladesh: the Tintekiya and the Chapra. The Titekiya, whose name means "three pieces of clothing" and comes from their traditional dress, live in about 19 villages. The Chapra live in only three villages, and in each they are the minority.

Both the Tintekiya and the Chapra Koch are primarily farmers, with some farming their own land and most working as hired day laborers for neighboring Bengalis. They continue to live primarily in Koch villages in simple homes with mud walls and floors and thatched or corrugated tin roofs.

There are also some Koch living in Gazipur near Dhaka. These people's ancestors apparently spoke a Tibeto-Burman variety of Koch, but today these people speak Bangla as their mother tongue. They have little or no communication with the Koch living in northwesterern Dhaka division, but they do still share some cultural traits. Most of these Koch, too, are Sonaton, but possibly one or two families say they are Christian.

The Koch are poor and uneducated. A Christian education and/or community development organization could possibly be a real blessing to the Koch. At the same time, it seems the Koch tend to equate Christianity with opportunities for education and health care and are in great need of someone to share true Christianity with them.




Profile Source: Anonymous

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People Name General Rajbansi Koch, Hindu
People Name in Country Rajbansi Koch, Hindu
Population in Bangladesh 116,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bashgaria, Koch, Magan, Sanga
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Rajbansi Koch, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Koch (61,000) Bengali (42,000) Sylheti (1,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Koch 61,000 Bengali 42,000
Sylheti 1,500
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.30 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.62 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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