Marma (Magh) in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Marma people live in India and Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Marma practice shifting cultivation, and many cut wood and bamboo which are sold to the Bengalis. They tend to be isolated from the majority population, though this has been changing as more and more Bengalis move into the hill tract areas.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Marmas are mostly Buddhists, yet they also adhere to animistic practices. They participate in important Buddhist religious festivals, as well as perform various rites and rituals to satisfy different gods. There are some Christians among them in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Needs?

All the Marma people have Bible portions. Between that and their isolated location, they have few if any chances to hear the gospel. However, there are Christians among them who can share the gospel.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Marma people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.
Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.


Scripture Prayers for the Marma (Magh) in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Marma (Magh)
People Name in Country Marma (Magh)
Pronunciation MAR-mah
Alternate Names Mogh; Morma; Rakhine; मर्मा
Population this Country 247,000
Population all Countries 302,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 17671
ROP3 Code 113113
ROP25 Code 305220
ROP25 Name Marma
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Chittagong
242,000
Dhaka
1,800
Barisal
300
Khulna
100
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Chittagong 242,000
  Dhaka 1,800
  Barisal 300
  Khulna 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
92.61 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
5.69 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
1.70 %
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.
Primary Language Marma (220,000 speakers)
Language Code rmz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Rakhine
14,000
Chittagonian
12,000
Bengali
3,500
Primary Language Marma (220,000 speakers)
Language Code rmz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Rakhine 14,000
  Chittagonian 12,000
  Bengali 3,500
People Groups Speaking Marma

Primary Language:  Marma

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1970)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2022-2023)
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marma Jesus Film Project
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Marma YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Marma YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
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. Learn more.



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