Bangali (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


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Introduction / History

The Bangali are a semi-nomadic tribal people who live in north India and Nepal. They are distinct from the large Bengali people who live in northeast India and Bangladesh.

The Bangali make their living by charming snakes, working as landless farm workers, in animal husbandry and by gathering forest products like roots. The Nepali government has made an effort to stop their wandering ways and make them live in fixed villages. Most Bangali cannot read or write. They are among the poorest peoples of Nepal.

The main language of the Bangali is Maithili Smaller groups speak Bengali and Nepali.


Where Are they Located?

Most Bangali live in north India and the Nepali states of Kosi, Mechi, Bagmati and Lumbini.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bangali live a subsistence existence in Nepali. They travel from place to place raising their animals and trying to find day labor jobs so they can feed their families.

They sell their animals to buy food and other necessary items. They live in portable huts made of reeds and mud.

The Bangali marry within their group. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit what little property the father possesses. Since their traditional occupation of snake charming is disappearing more and more Bangali are working as day agricultural laborers. If these jobs are few, the Bangali face the prospect of starvation.

The Nepali government disapproves of their hunting animals and gathering products from the forest so that source of food is almost gone.

Caste councils settle legal disputes and promote their interests with outsiders.

The Bangali are not vegetarians but will not eat beef. Meat is normally reserved for holidays. The main foods of the Bangali are rice, wheat, lentils and vegetables.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nepali Bangali practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of the Indian subcontinent. They mix their Hindu faith with folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Each clan may have their patron deities. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Bangali visit Hindu temples and shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Bangali people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bangali have tremendous spiritual and physical needs. They need help in establishing permanent villages. They need help in learning new job skills and in educating their children. They would benefit by having access to clean water, electricity and modern medical care. Most of all the Bangali need to hear about Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bangali (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.

* Pray that the Bangali caste councils and leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead their families to Christ.
* Pray that God will give them a distain for their Hindu gods and a strong desire to know the Triune God of the Bible.
* Pray that God will send them believers who can help them escape their spiritual and physical poverty.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangali_(caste)
joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16487/IN


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Bangali (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bangali (Hindu traditions)
World Population 90,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bangale; Joginath; Joginath. Singhiwala; Singhiwala; बंगाली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16487
ROP3 Code 111656
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)
Location in Country Mechi Zone, Jhapa District; Koshi Zone, Morang and Sunsari districts; Sagarmatha Zone, Saptari District.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Kosi
5,700
Mechi
3,900
Bagmati
3,300
Lumbini
3,300
Narayani
2,600
Sagarmatha
1,600
Bheri
1,400
Janakpur
1,100
Seti
800
Gandaki
400
Mahakali
200
Rapti
20
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)
Location in Country Mechi Zone, Jhapa District; Koshi Zone, Morang and Sunsari districts; Sagarmatha Zone, Saptari District..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 12
  Kosi 5,700
  Mechi 3,900
  Bagmati 3,300
  Lumbini 3,300
  Narayani 2,600
  Sagarmatha 1,600
  Bheri 1,400
  Janakpur 1,100
  Seti 800
  Gandaki 400
  Mahakali 200
  Rapti 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Maithili (14,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Bengali
7,800
Nepali
3,600
Angika
200
Dotyali
70
Rangpuri
30
Assamese
30
Primary Language Maithili (14,000 speakers)
Language Code mai   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 7,800
  Nepali 3,600
  Angika 200
  Dotyali 70
  Rangpuri 30
  Assamese 30
People Groups Speaking Maithili

Primary Language:  Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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 (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: jivən səndesh
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.54 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.42 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.