Kahar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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

Introduction / History

It seems likely that this caste is a remnant of one of the communities who occupied the valley of the Ganges before the coming of the Aryans. The Brahmins are their sacred priests.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In villages some are engaged in carrying water for high-ranking communities in the event of marriage, death and other occasions. The women are often the ones carrying water while the men work at tea stalls or in garages and factories.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kahar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins. Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The worldview of the Kahar is very different than the Biblical worldview. Tools (The JESUS Film, recordings, videos, etc.) are available in most of the languages spoken by the Kahar community, but workers are needed to carry these tools to the people. They need to gain their dignity and self-worth from being children of the Most High God.


Prayer Points

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

We trust the Lord will soon call out his followers from among the Kahar community. Pray they will be patient with each other, bearing with one another in love. Pray the Kahar will understand that Jesus desires to bless their families and clans, not harm them. Pray they will be able to raise their standard of living and be well equipped for the challenges of the 21st century.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kahar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kahar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation kah-HAR
Population this Country 75,000
Population all Countries 9,654,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bundeli Bhoi; Chandrabansi; Chandravmsam; Dheemar; Dhimar; Dhuriya; Guria; Guriya; Jheemar; Jhimar; Jhinwar; Kahar Bhoi; Kahrar; Kamkar; Kashyap Rajput; Keer; Kir; Mallah; Mallan; Mehra; Nikhad; Nishad; Raj Bhoi; Ramani; Rawani; कहर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17044
ROP3 Code 112380
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 6
Largest States
Dhaka
24,000
Rangpur
23,000
Khulna
11,000
Chittagong
8,200
Rajshahi
7,600
Barisal
600
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 6
  Dhaka 24,000
  Rangpur 23,000
  Khulna 11,000
  Chittagong 8,200
  Rajshahi 7,600
  Barisal 600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (73,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
4,600
Sylheti
200
Primary Language Bengali (73,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 4,600
  Sylheti 200
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 Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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