Garo in Bangladesh


Population
127,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Among the Garos in Bangladesh, six language varieties are spoken: A'tong, Abeng, Brak, Chibok, Dual, and Megam. Together these are all called the Mandi language.


Where Are they Located?

Within Bangladesh mostly the Garos are living in the northern area of Dhaka and Sylhet divisions along the Indian border. Some Garos are living in Modhupur area of Tangail district and some are living in Mallikbari, Bhaluka of Mymensingh district and in Kewachala, Shripur of Gajipur district.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Garos are poor. Their main occupation is farming, and many of them farm as day laborers. Known for their integrity and hard-working spirit, Garos are also commonly employed by NGOs. Some also work in government offices, medical centers, and schools. About 80% of them are at least somewhat literate, and the number of Garos attaining higher education is increasing day by day.

Many Garos are living in very simple houses made of bamboo, straw, and mud. Some of them have brick-wall and tin-roof houses. Most Garo villages are neat and clean.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all the Garos are Christian. They have the complete Bible in the Achik language written in Roman script published by the Bible Society of India. The Bangladesh Bible Society also published a New Testament in Bangla script using the Abeng dialect, which is spoken as a language of wider communication among Garos in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Garo
People Name in Country Garo
Population in Bangladesh 127,000
World Population 1,205,800
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Achik, Garrow, Mande, Mandi, गरो
People ID 11826
ROP3 Code 103233
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mymensingh plains.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Dhaka
(61,000)
Sylhet
(55,000)
Rangpur
(10,000)
Chittagong
(700)
Rajshahi
(200)
Barisal
(100)
Khulna
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mymensingh plains..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 7
  Dhaka (61,000)
  Sylhet (55,000)
  Rangpur (10,000)
  Chittagong (700)
  Rajshahi (200)
  Barisal (100)
  Khulna (20)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Garo (101,000 speakers)
Language Code grt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Megam
(8,000)
Bengali
(3,200)
War-Jaintia
(1,100)
Sylheti
(600)
Bishnupriya
(200)
Chittagonian
(60)
Assamese
People Groups Speaking Garo
Primary Language Garo (101,000 speakers)
Language Code grt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Megam (8,000)
  Bengali (3,200)
  War-Jaintia (1,100)
  Sylheti (600)
  Bishnupriya (200)
  Chittagonian (60)
  Assamese (10)
People Groups Speaking Garo

Primary Language:  Garo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1887-2003)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1894-1987)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1924-1994)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Garo
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 15.00 %)
51.38 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
29.55 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
19.07 %
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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