Bagdi (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
3,490,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

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.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-21
People Name General Bagdi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bagdi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 3,490,000
World Population 3,569,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 70 to 75
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
ROP3 Code 111406
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 25
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
(3,356,000)
Odisha
(61,000)
Jharkhand
(26,000)
Andaman and Nicobar
(11,000)
Bihar
(8,400)
Meghalaya
(5,500)
Uttar Pradesh
(4,400)
Nagaland
(4,100)
Arunachal Pradesh
(2,900)
Delhi
(1,700)
Uttarakhand
(1,600)
Manipur
(1,400)
Madhya Pradesh
(1,200)
Telangana
(800)
Mizoram
(700)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 25  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal (3,356,000)
  Odisha (61,000)
  Jharkhand (26,000)
  Andaman and Nicobar (11,000)
  Bihar (8,400)
  Meghalaya (5,500)
  Uttar Pradesh (4,400)
  Nagaland (4,100)
  Arunachal Pradesh (2,900)
  Delhi (1,700)
  Uttarakhand (1,600)
  Manipur (1,400)
  Madhya Pradesh (1,200)
  Telangana (800)
  Mizoram (700)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (3,244,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
(177,000)
Odia
(56,000)
Andaman Creole Hindi
(1,600)
Pengo
(1,300)
Maithili
(1,100)
Assamese
(1,000)
Nimadi
(900)
Sadri
(800)
Bhojpuri
(800)
Kui
(700)
Chhattisgarhi
(500)
Awadhi
(400)
Kanauji
(200)
Kuvi
(100)
Bhatri
(90)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (3,244,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi (177,000)
  Odia (56,000)
  Andaman Creole Hindi (1,600)
  Pengo (1,300)
  Maithili (1,100)
  Assamese (1,000)
  Nimadi (900)
  Sadri (800)
  Bhojpuri (800)
  Kui (700)
  Chhattisgarhi (500)
  Awadhi (400)
  Kanauji (200)
  Kuvi (100)
  Bhatri (90)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 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 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
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.95 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  India Missions Association  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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