Barua in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The name Barua is derived from two words, bara meaning 'renowned ', and ua meaning 'ruler '. In ancient times, the most highly ranked military ruler of Chattagram under the king of Arakan was a man called Barua. Those living in Bangladesh as well as in parts of India speak Chatgaiyan (i.e. Chittagonian), a dialect of Bengali which has a similarity to Burmese, Assamese and Bengali, in vocabulary, phonology as well as enunciation. The Barua ethnic group lives in the north-east India state of Tripura. A smaller number are further east in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

After Barua women marry they wear vermilion and conch-shell bangles as marriage symbols and as a sign of their unavailability to men. 'Residence after marriage is patrilocal. Although either spouse can seek divorce, its incidence is rare. Nowadays, the practice of paying bride-price in cash is being replaced by that of dowry. ' Traditionally the Barua earned their livelihood through farming, fishing and hunting. As waves of migrants have entered Tripura the number of wild animals has diminished, making hunting a fruitless exercise unless the participants are willing to trek deep into the forests. The Barua raise goats and chickens today as their main sources of protein. In the past 20 years, as education levels among them have improved, a number of Barua men and women have obtained jobs as office workers, teachers and administrators. The Barua are now allowed to marry people from non-Buddhist communities such as the Brahmin, Kayastha and Magh. There are no known Christians among this interesting and unique unreached people group.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although almost all Bengalis are Hindus or Muslims, for historical reasons that are not clear the Barua have survived as a Buddhist enclave in the midst of the two giants of Islam and Hinduism. Most likely, their Buddhist beliefs are being replaced by Hindu ones. Just how the Barua once came to believe in Buddhism, and equally how they have managed to preserve their faith under pressure from all sides, is difficult to ascertain because they have no written history.


Prayer Points

Pray for God to show himself powerful and loving by providing for their needs. Pray that the Barua people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade. Sources Peoples of the Buddhist World, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Scripture Prayers for the Barua in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Barua
People Name in Country Barua
Population this Country 34,000
Population all Countries 36,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Maramagri; Maramagyi; बरुआ
People ID 16382
ROP3 Code 111524
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Chittagong
23,000
Khulna
11,000
Rangpur
400
Dhaka
300
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Chittagong 23,000
  Khulna 11,000
  Rangpur 400
  Dhaka 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Chittagonian (22,000 speakers)
Language Code ctg   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bengali
14,000
Primary Language Chittagonian (22,000 speakers)
Language Code ctg   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 14,000
People Groups Speaking Chittagonian

Primary Language:  Chittagonian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2014)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chittagonian
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 5 - The Good Samaritan
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
97.30 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
2.70 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more