Bhangi (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


Population
5,500
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Bhangi are a Hindu caste that used to be classed as untouchable. They have many subdivisions. They would rather be called Balmiki or Valmiki. They were restricted to three types of work which are cleaning toilets, sweeping and scavenging. Scavenging can sometimes mean handling dead people. A child in a Bhangi family was forced to do this kind of work mainly because of finances.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Bhangi people live in India. Only about 10 percent live in Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Although attempts have been made to improve sanitation and this includes banning the manual removal of human waste, some Bhangis are yet doing that kind of work now. They are very much discriminated against in Hindu society. Even Dalit castes classed as backward such as the Dhobi who are washer men are socially higher than the Bhangi. Higher castes amongst the Dalits would not have anything to do with lower caste Bhangis who are described as "outcasts even amongst outcasts". There are continual efforts to improve their status and their lot in life.


What Are Their Beliefs?

This group is 100 percent Hindu in both Nepal and India. There was a movement to Christ between the 1870s and 1930s, but it eventually dissolved.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Bhangis are refused education, teachers and students not wanting them. It is very difficult for the Bhangis to find work as they are unwanted.


Prayer Points

* Pray things will get better for them financially and socially.
* Pray that they will meet Nepali believers who will show them love and give them the gospel message so the Bhangis will come to Jesus Christ and at last find true happiness.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among the Bhangi people, both in India and Nepal.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16399/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16399/BG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuhra
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/bhangi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valmiki_caste


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhangi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhangi (Hindu traditions)
Population in Nepal 5,500
World Population 5,324,300
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Asadaru, Balmik, Balmiki, Barvashia, Bhangi, Bhangi/Chuhra, Bhangia, Chamar, Chuhra, Chura, Churhra, Hadi, Halalkheo, Halalkhor, Hari, Harijan, Jamadar, Jamphora, Jharudar, Khakrobe, Khalpa, Korar, Lal Begi, Macegar, Machegar Lingayat, Machigar, Madar, Malkana, Malkana Mehtar, Malkhana, Maratha Chambhar, Mehtar, Methar, Moci, Mulkana, Olagana, Olgana, Olgana Rukhi, Rohit, Rukhi, Sindhi Moci, Valmiki, Zadmalli, भंगी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16399
ROP3 Code 111546
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 11
Largest States
Lumbini
(1,200)
Bheri
(1,100)
Seti
(1,000)
Mahakali
(700)
Bagmati
(400)
Sagarmatha
(300)
Janakpur
(200)
Kosi
(200)
Narayani
(200)
Gandaki
(100)
Rapti
(100)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 11
  Lumbini (1,200)
  Bheri (1,100)
  Seti (1,000)
  Mahakali (700)
  Bagmati (400)
  Sagarmatha (300)
  Janakpur (200)
  Kosi (200)
  Narayani (200)
  Gandaki (100)
  Rapti (100)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Awadhi (1,900 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Maithili
(1,100)
Nepali
(800)
Bhojpuri
(800)
Hindi
(500)
Kumaoni
(300)
Dotyali
(300)
People Groups Speaking Awadhi
Primary Language Awadhi (1,900 speakers)
Language Code awa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Maithili (1,100)
  Nepali (800)
  Bhojpuri (800)
  Hindi (500)
  Kumaoni (300)
  Dotyali (300)
People Groups Speaking Awadhi

Primary Language:  Awadhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1820-1911)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1996)
Bible-Complete Yes   (2000-2005)
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 Awadhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video New Life (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  International Mission Board-SBC  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.


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