Rayeen (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History

According to their traditions, the Rayeens were expelled from their homeland in what is now Pakistan’s Sindh Province during the Muslim conquest of the Indian subcontinent. They are also known at the Rai or the Rain. The Rayeen people are part of the larger Arain community. Though most are Hindu, there is a large Muslim minority and a smaller Sikh minority. Traditionally they were farmers, and most of them are still working the land.

Where Are they Located?

Hindu Rayeens live in India and Bangladesh. Those in India live mainly in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Rayeens have always been farmers, and most of them own land. There are only a few who are landless. Animal husbandry is part of what they do; the provide much of the dairy products for the state of Haryana. The Rayeens are part of the prestigious Arain community. They have 206 clans, which is quite a few even by South Asian standards.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hindu Rayeens have their own regional deities such as Dada Roopa ki Samad and Sati Mata. They celebrate festivals like Holi and Diwali along with other Hindu communities. No matter what their religious affiliation, almost none of them have found the true Savior.

What Are Their Needs?

This prestigious community needs to find their way to the humble King of kings who paid for all of our sins and offers abundant life.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rayeen (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.

* Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Hindu Rayeen people.
* Pray for a movement of Rayeen households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Rayeen people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Hindu Rayeen people and help them start their own church planting movement.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Rayeen (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rayeen (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation rain
World Population 6,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Jamiat-ul-Raeen; Kunjra; Raie; Rayeen; Sabzifarosh; राईं (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16933
ROP3 Code 112235
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Rangpur 5,300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (5,300 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (5,300 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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National Bible Societies
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
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 Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.