Brahmin unspecified in Bangladesh


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

Introduction / History

Brahman is a Hindu Indian caste. The English word brahmin is an anglicised form of the Sanskrit word Brahmana. Brahman refers to the 'Supreme Self' in Hinduism or the first of the gods.

In 1931 (the last Indian census to record caste), Brahmans accounted for 4.32% of the total Indian population. Due to the diversity in language, religious and cultural traditions and practices, and the Vedic schools which they belong to, there are numerous types of Brahmans.

Brahmans are par excellence the performers of Hindu rituals, and caste status is profoundly tested by whether Brahmans are willing to perform rituals for non-Brahman castes (i.e., if they are willing, the caste for which they do so is a high caste). But most Brahmans do not perform rituals for others (most Hindus of all castes perform daily worship rituals) and many non-Brahmans perform rituals for their own and even other caste groups."
Only a subset of Brahmans are involved in priestly duties including teaching and preaching. They have also excelled as educators, law makers, scholars, doctors, warriors, writers, poets, land owners, politicians. Modern Brahman parents aspire for their sons to become computer programmers and engineers. Many famous Indians are Brahmans.

The history of the Brahmans is associated with the Vedic religion of early India, usually referred to as Sanatana Dharma. Brahmans first come to notice historically in the Vedic period, but how the modern caste system developed is a highly contested topic due to lack of clear data. Brahmans and kings became the dominant social and religious forces in many of the kingdoms that developed over pre-modern India. Discrimination became of a feature of the caste system with Brahmans often being assigned blame for the system. Over time, Brahmans became a powerful and influential group in India and many discriminated against lower castes. However, in modern India some Brahmans claim reverse discrimination due to affirmative action policies of the central and state governments in India that favor lower caste groups.


Where Are they Located?

Brahmans are located throughout India and there are influential Brahmans among all the major language groups. Brahmans tend to be a higher percentage in the north Indian language groups than they are among the south Indian language groups. There are small concentrations in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Brahmans are generally among the well-to-do in India and place a high value on education. (Thus an inordinate percentage of Brahmans are among the Hindus who have migrated to the West.) Probably most still perform daily worship rituals, but the growing forces of secularization and globalization in India are strongest among the Brahmans. Most are vegetarian but some groups eat some meat, particularly fish, and many individuals even from vegetarian Brahman groups are now eating meat (rarely beef, and often meat eating is surreptitious). Discerning opinions and heart attitudes is difficult, but it seems that only a small minority of today's Brahmans would uphold what was once considered Brahman orthodoxy: that Brahmans are better by birth than all other peoples.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As just noted, most modern Brahmans do not espouse a doctrine of their superiority by birth above other peoples. It was also noted that many are now secularists. But most Brahmans respect the ancient (and many not-so-ancient) traditions of their forefathers. Some work to synthesize modern science and Hindu beliefs and practices. There are hundreds of "denominations" of Hinduism and Brahmans have a presence in many; so it is not easy to generalize on what Brahmans believe. Some would be devotees of Vishnu or his avatars of Krishna or Ram, some would be devotees of Shiva, and some would be devotees of the goddess in one of her manifestations. Others are followers of modern gurus. Few today have seriously studied, let along memorized, the ancient Vedas; but one is more likely to find a person knowledgeable about the Vedas and other Hindu texts and teachings among Brahmans than among any non-Brahman caste group.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Brahmin unspecified in Bangladesh.

Scripture Prayers for the Brahmans in India.
Brahmans are seen as knowledgeable and enlightened; pray for the light of the gospel to bring the knowledge of Christ to them and to India, and pray wisdom for disciples of Jesus who befriend and share faith with Brahmans.
Pray that the true God will reveal Himself to this community and use Brahmans to preach and teach about Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Brahmin of India profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-06-26
People Name General Brahmin
People Name in Country Brahmin unspecified
Pronunciation BRAH-min
Population this Country 237,000
Population all Countries 34,394,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Aruva; Asomiya Brahman; Asomiya Brahmin; Assmese Brahman; Assmese Brahmin; Bahrani; Bahun; Bajey; Baman; Bhagavathulu; Brahman-Khatri; Brahmin-Khatri; Dravidulu Brahman; Dravidulu Brahmin; Gaur; Gorkha; Nepali; Pandit; Peshin; Sharma; Smartha Brahman; Smartha Brahmin; Sourashtra; Swangla; ब्रामिन
People ID 16521
ROP3 Code 111696
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 7
Largest States
Dhaka
105,000
Chittagong
76,000
Khulna
65,000
Sylhet
46,000
Rangpur
37,000
Rajshahi
34,000
Barisal
21,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
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 7
  Dhaka 105,000
  Chittagong 76,000
  Khulna 65,000
  Sylhet 46,000
  Rangpur 37,000
  Rajshahi 34,000
  Barisal 21,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (336,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
35,000
Chittagonian
8,700
Bishnupuriya
1,400
Kok Borok
1,000
Maithili
900
Assamese
800
Hindi
300
Gujarati
60
Marwari
60
Primary Language Bengali (336,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 35,000
  Chittagonian 8,700
  Bishnupuriya 1,400
  Kok Borok 1,000
  Maithili 900
  Assamese 800
  Hindi 300
  Gujarati 60
  Marwari 60
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  (1809-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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