Mahishya 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

The Mahishya or Sadgop people are also known as Chasa or Chasi. They live in West Bengal and surrounding states. The titles they use are Sarkar, Roy, Majumdar, Biswas, Mallik, Khan, and Mandal. Sadgop have several gotras such as Sandilya, Kashyap, Bharadwaj, Moudgulya, and Alambayan. In the Varna system, they are known as Vaisyas and as the members of Nabashakha group. The name Sadgop is derived from the two Sanskrit words: 'Sad' means good and 'Gop' means milkman. They are believed to be the descendants of lord Krishna. The Sadgop are a land owning community. Agriculture is their traditional and primary occupation.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Rice and wheat are their staple food. They drink alcohol and chew tobacco locally known as Khaine and Guraku. Their mother tongue is Bengali. Family heads negotiate marriages, which are monogamous, meaning it’s one man and one woman.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Married women have a significant role to play in the ritual performances. Women worship the goddess Lakshmi daily. They propitiate Hari and Lakshmi as their family deities. Their village deities are Dharmaraj, Manasa and Shiva among others. Gaya and Vrindaban are their pilgrim centers. Durgapuja, Kalipuja and Dharmarajer are their major festivals. The Sadgop are expert in Alpana or floor painting on pujas.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mahishya people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mahishya in Bangladesh.

Pray for a movement to Christ among the Mahishya people in Bangladesh this decade. Pray for them to give up their dependence on alcohol and chewing tobacco. Pray for them to have the spiritual hunger it takes to seek and find the only savior. Pray for faithful and Holy Spirit driven workers in India and Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-20
People Name General Mahishya
People Name in Country Mahishya
Pronunciation mah-hee-shee-AH
Population this Country 716,000
Population all Countries 12,293,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 14
Alternate Names Chasa; Chasi; Chasidas; Halidas; Haluadas; Haludas; Kaibarta; Kaibartta; Kurmangiya; Mahisayadas; Mahisya; Matsyadas; Pilwan Mahaout; Sadgop; महिष्या
People ID 17411
ROP3 Code 112811
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
Khulna
193,000
Dhaka
161,000
Rajshahi
137,000
Chittagong
96,000
Rangpur
96,000
Barisal
33,000
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 6
  Khulna 193,000
  Dhaka 161,000
  Rajshahi 137,000
  Chittagong 96,000
  Rangpur 96,000
  Barisal 33,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (733,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
7,300
Sylheti
2,600
Kok Borok
800
Bishnupuriya
500
Primary Language Bengali (733,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 7,300
  Sylheti 2,600
  Kok Borok 800
  Bishnupuriya 500
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 Unknown)
0.95 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.05 %
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 data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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