Bhangi (Muslim traditions) in Nepal


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

Introduction / History

The Muslim Bhangi, a Scheduled Tribal group in Nepal, are traditionally associated with scavenging, sweeping, basket-making, and cleaning latrines. They are among the lowest caste of Dalits or Untouchables in India. In the colonial period they were brought into urban areas to perform roles that other castes would not do. They take care of dead animals and human corpses. In addition, they also prepare bamboo articles and work as drumbeaters.


Where Are they Located?

The Muslim Bhangi people live mainly in India and Pakistan, but a small number are in Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

How many people would clean out clogged sewer pipes for a living? That is what the Bhangi do. Because of their distasteful jobs, they are excluded from many parts of Indian and Muslim society. Many of their children do not attend school because of the roles their group performs. Only a few of the Bhangi living in cities are educated. Not being able to read or write perpetuates the tragic condition of Bhangi lives. They are endogamous meaning that they marry within their own group. Few if any Indian Muslims would want their son or daughter to marry into a Bhangi family.

As Muslims, the Bhangi do not eat pork. Meat is reserved for holidays. Their main foods are rice, wheat and vegetables.

Bhangi caste councils do try to promote their interests and settle legal disputes among them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bhangi people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.


What Are Their Needs?

This Muslim Bhangi people group has many needs. Most of all they need to hear the life-changing message about Isa or Jesus. The Bhangi need help in educating their children so that the cycle of poverty may be broken. They need to learn new job skills so they can make enough money to support their families. Rural Bhangi need access to clean water, electricity and modern medicine.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhangi (Muslim traditions) in Nepal.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Muslim Bhangi family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Bhangi people.
* Pray that soon the Bhangi people will have faith that is more precious and durable than gold.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16400/NP
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16400/PK
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16400/IN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ih72Bj-Reo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLhh1yFWHkA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halalkhor


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhangi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Bhangi (Muslim traditions)
World Population 220,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Balmiki; Barvashia; Bhangaro; Bhangia; Chuhra; Halalkhor; Hari; Jamphora; Korar; Lal Begi; Mehmar; Mehtar; Olgana; Rukhi; Zadmalli; भंगी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16400
ROP3 Code 111547
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Bheri
400
Janakpur
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Bheri 400
  Janakpur 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (500 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Maithili
200
Nepali
30
Primary Language Urdu (500 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Maithili 200
  Nepali 30
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2007)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2020  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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