Kurmi (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
72,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Kurmi is the name given to a Hindu caste residing in India and Bangladesh. The caste system is a pattern of social stratification associated with Hinduism. The word kurmi is related to the word karmi derived from the word karma (meaning action or merit). Defining caste by karma instead of by lineage and birth was a major change in defining caste. The Kurmi are also known as Kunbi.

The Kurmi are believed to be descendants of some of the earliest Aryan immigrants to India and come from the Kshatriyas (warrior caste) who later became farmers. Kurmi are known in India as a chief agricultural caste. Those in Bangladesh probably have lower status.


Where Are they Located?

Most members of the Kurmi community are in India, but a smaller number live further east in neighboring Bangladesh, a Muslim country.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Modern Kurmi in India are relatively prosperous and educated. Their lifestyle is associated with farming and trading. Due to their agricultural link, some people view the Kurmi as one of the "backward" or lower castes rather than as Kshatriyas, a "forward" privileged caste. As often happens among Hindu communities, people try to consider themselves to have high status and caste before other groups, but they also claim low caste status before the government in order to get reserved jobs and placement in colleges. One source describes the Kurmi in Bangladesh as common tea workers, which may or may not be true.


What Are Their Beliefs?

A key issue for the Kurmi is their desire to be recognized by other castes as belonging to the high status warrior caste. High caste status gives them a false sense of pride. Most likely this caste consciousness is less prevalent in Bangladesh, a Muslim country where Hindus are a minority.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kurmi people need the humility to accept God on His terms, which is salvation through Jesus Christ. They also need people to go to them with the gospel, whether they be in India or Bangladesh.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Holy Spirit-directed workers to go to the Kurmi people in Bangladesh.
* Pray that the Kurmi people may realize that Jesus is their only hope for salvation.
* The Lion of Judah is offering the Kurmi the right to become a special people if they put their sense of worth in the person of Jesus Christ rather than in caste status. Pray for this to happen.
* Pray for a strong church planting movement among the Kurmi people in India and Bangladesh.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurmi
http://www.ebbd.info/indigenous-communities.html
http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/kurmi/
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Kurmi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunbi


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kurmi (Hindu traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 72,000
World Population 19,909,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Awadhia, Gangwar, Gowd, Kapu, Katiyar, Korma, Kunbi, Kurma, Mahto, Patanwar, Patchwar, Patel, Patidar, Sachan, कुर्मी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17334
ROP3 Code 112717
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Largest States
Rajshahi (29,000) Rangpur (23,000) Dhaka (7,700)
Sylhet (7,100) Khulna (2,900) Chittagong (2,200)
Barisal (200)
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Rajshahi (29,000) Rangpur (23,000)
Dhaka (7,700) Sylhet (7,100)
Khulna (2,900) Chittagong (2,200)
Barisal (200)
Primary Language: Bengali (57,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 4
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (5,200) Chittagonian (1,000) Assamese (100)
Primary Language: Bengali (57,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 4
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (5,200) Chittagonian (1,000)
Assamese (100)
Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
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 Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
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 Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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