Bagdi (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
3,625,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Tanvir, a shrewd Hindu Bengali, was bargaining with a Bagdi fisherman. He offered the man, Amit, 50 rupees (US $1.50) for each of his hilsa fish, a great delicacy among Bengali people. Amit replied, "You have a deal. God Shiva gave me good luck with this catch." Later Tanvir told a friend, "When you go to the port, buy your fish from a Bagdi fisherman. They have no idea that the government put a ban on chickens because of the bird flu. This has made the price of fish go way up. Would you believe I made a profit of 250 rupees for each fish I bought from one guy?"

The majority of Bagdi's three million people live in West Bengal. There are 14 Bagdi sub-groups which are even further subdivided. Most of them live by fishing and making fish nets. Some work as agricultural and masonry laborers. Few of them get more than a couple of years of education. However, some are beginning to advance in areas of economics and politics. The practice of Hinduism is a central part of their lives, which involves all rituals associated with birth, marriage and death. There are almost no known believers among the Bagdi people.

The Bagdi peoples are very complicated. Though they are Dalits, many in India believe that the Baghis are the descendants of a union between a Kshatriaya father and a Vaishya mother, both of which are forward castes.

Though the majority of them are involved with farm work, the Bagdi people are associated with fishing and the making of fishing nets. They are almost entirely Hindu.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will cause whole villages of Bagdis to hear and understand that God is their Creator.
* Pray that Bagdis will embrace salvation found in Jesus.
* Pray that soon the Bagdi people will embrace the One whose fishermen disciples became fishers of men for the Almighty One.
* Pray that Bengali believers will reach out to these Hindus.


Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-21
People Name General Bagdi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bagdi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 3,625,000
World Population 3,705,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bagadi, Bagri, Bakti, Bangti, Bargakshatriya, Bogada, Byagra Kshatriya, Byagrakshatriya, Duley, Malia Bagdi, Mete, बागदी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16281
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 26
Largest States
(only 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (3,488,000) Odisha (62,000) Jharkhand (27,000)
Andaman and Nicobar (12,000) Bihar (8,800) Meghalaya (5,800)
Uttar Pradesh (4,500) Nagaland (4,300) Arunachal Pradesh (3,000)
Delhi (1,700) Uttarakhand (1,600) Manipur (1,300)
Madhya Pradesh (1,300) Telangana (800) Mizoram (700)
Karnataka (600) Tripura (500) Gujarat (500)
Chandigarh (400) Sikkim (300)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 26  (only 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (3,488,000) Odisha (62,000)
Jharkhand (27,000) Andaman and Nicobar (12,000)
Bihar (8,800) Meghalaya (5,800)
Uttar Pradesh (4,500) Nagaland (4,300)
Arunachal Pradesh (3,000) Delhi (1,700)
Uttarakhand (1,600) Manipur (1,300)
Madhya Pradesh (1,300) Telangana (800)
Mizoram (700) Karnataka (600)
Tripura (500) Gujarat (500)
Chandigarh (400) Sikkim (300)
Primary Language: Bengali (3,273,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 23
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Hindi (142,000) Odia (53,000) Andaman Creole Hindi (1,600)
Pengo (1,300) Maithili (1,100) Assamese (1,000)
Nimadi (900) Bhojpuri (800) Sadri (800)
Kui (700) Mundari: Bhumij (700) Ho (500)
Kharia (400) Awadhi (400) Chhattisgarhi (300)
Kanauji (200) Santhali: Karmali (200) Kuvi (100)
Bhatri (90) Kurux (80)
Primary Language: Bengali (3,273,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 23
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Hindi (142,000) Odia (53,000)
Andaman Creole Hindi (1,600) Pengo (1,300)
Maithili (1,100) Assamese (1,000)
Nimadi (900) Bhojpuri (800)
Sadri (800) Kui (700)
Mundari: Bhumij (700) Ho (500)
Kharia (400) Awadhi (400)
Chhattisgarhi (300) Kanauji (200)
Santhali: Karmali (200) Kuvi (100)
Bhatri (90) Kurux (80)
Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
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Possible Print Bibles
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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