Kalal (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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Introduction / History

The Kalal people have traditionally been involved in the production and distribution of liquor. Their name comes from the Sanskrit word for "liquor distillers." Since many Hindus look down on the use of alcohol, the Kalal began in the last century to adopt other professions like agriculture, the military, government service and law. The Kalal speak the languages of the regions where they live. Their three primary languages are Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. In Bangladesh, they mainly speak Bengali.


Where Are they Located?

They live mainly in India's southern states, but some live in Nepal or Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kala are endogamous, that is, they marry within their community. Adult marriages and monogamy are the general practice. Families arrange most marriages in a ceremony with a Brahmin present. Most newly married couples live with or near the husband's family.

Though they are Hindus, the Kalals eat meat but not beef or pork. Their main staple is rice along with fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Alcoholism is a problem among the Kalal people.

The Kalal encourage their children to pursue higher education and become professionals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kalal worship Vishnu, the preserver god, in his incarnations of Rama and Krishna. The Kalal cremate their dead and the ashes are placed in a sacred river like the Ganges.

A Kalal priest leads worship, practices traditional medicine and prays to protect his people from evil spirits. The Kalal celebrate the Hindu festivals like the birthday of Rama. Holi is the spring festival of colors. Kalal worship Durga, a form of Kali, during the nine holy days of Navratri.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kalal people need to put their hope and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ, the only one who can give them dignity in this life, and salvation in the life to come.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for workers to go to the Kalal people in Bangladesh as well as those in India.
* Pray for their hearts to be open and willing to accept the blessings of Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the gospel to penetrate the hearts of Kalal family and community leaders, who can in turn open the door for their entire people group to follow the Lord.
* Pray for Kalal disciples to make disciples who will make more disciples.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17204/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalwar_(caste)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kalal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kalal (Hindu traditions)
World Population 3,966,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ahlajia; Aluwala; Aluwari; Aray; Arya Katagaru; Asili; Chaukse; Chaulise; Dadsena; Ediga Balija; Gamalla; Gavara; Gouda; Hindu Kasai; Idiga; Indra; Iraqi; Iraque; Jaisawal; Kahar; Kalal; Kalan; Kalanaj; Kalans; Kalar; Kalate Kalans; Kali; Kalivar; Kalwar; Kasai; Katagaru; Katig; Khatik; Kolar; Kolawar; Kumarpaik; Ladar; Lader; Madvi; Malvi; Maratha Kasai; Naidu; Namdhari; Panda; Paneda; Raj Bhoi; Raki; Roy; Shindigar; Sundi; Thiyar; Tiyan; Vadugan; Walia; Yatollu; Yediga; Yelegar; Yellegar; कलाल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17204
ROP3 Code 112570
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Chittagong
1,100
Khulna
100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Chittagong 1,100
  Khulna 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Chittagonian (1,000 speakers)
Language Code ctg   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bengali
200
Primary Language Chittagonian (1,000 speakers)
Language Code ctg   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 200
People Groups Speaking Chittagonian

Primary Language:  Chittagonian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete No
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 Oral Bible stories in Chittagonian
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chittagonian
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 5 - The Good Samaritan
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 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
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
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.