Mirdhas (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History

The Mirdas are a scheduled tribe. They trace their ancestry to the Oraon peoples in central India.

Where Are they Located?

The Mirdas people live mainly in either India's state of Odisha or northern Madhya Pradesh, but a few live in Bangladesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mirdas are not vegetarians and eat wheat and rice as their staple foods. They have cousin marriages. A traditional village council looks after them. They work as farmers. Some do floor and wall painting or weave baskets.

They have a low literacy level especially among females, so the gospel will need to be offered in oral form.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Mirdhas people are Hindu, but some converted to Islam. Like other South Asian Muslims, the Mirdhas people have elements of Hinduism blended in with their Islamic beliefs since Hinduism has such deep roots in this part of the world. In theory, they have put their trust in Allah, but in practice, they look to other spirit beings for their daily needs.

What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Mirdhas people in Bangladesh need the opportunity to choose Jesus Christ, and to follow Him.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mirdhas (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh.

* Pray for God's kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Mirdhas people.
* Pray for a movement of Mirdhas households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Mirdhas 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 Mirdhas people.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Mirdhas (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mirdhas (Muslim traditions)
World Population 1,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Mirdha; मिर्दस (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17621
ROP3 Code 113056
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)
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 1
  Rangpur 600
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (600 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (600 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  (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 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
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
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.