Namassej in Bhutan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

For thousands of years in Hindu society, "sudra" or "shudra" was a reference to those of the servant caste. These people have always held the lowest status. Among these communities are the Namassej, or Namasudra people. The vast majority live in West Bengal and other places where Hinduism is dominant, but some live in Bhutan, where Tibetan Buddhism erases caste distinctions.


Where Are they Located?

They are found all over West Bengal, northeast Indian states and to some extent all over India. But very few are found in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and many in Bangladesh. A few are found in Bhutan, one of India's neighbors to the north.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their cultural life is very much like an average Bengali. They are hard-working, very lively, enthusiastic, and conscious of their own identity. They were also very honest, but after the division of India their economic condition has great deterioration. The number of people with higher education has been low. They are engaged in all kinds of professions, but those living in villages are engaged in agriculture. A very small number of their population is doing government and private jobs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Namasudras practice folk Hinduism, venerating their ancestors and family gods. They once had a spiritual reformation when one religious leader tried to bring egalitarianism and justice to Hinduism. His son and other descendants took charge of his unfinished work, but it did not go far.

Less than half a percent follow Jesus, despite some promising developments in the early to mid 20th century. These Bengali-speakers do have a full Bible translation in their language. They also have audio versions of the Scriptures, as well as the JESUS Film, tracts, Christian radio programs and more.


What Are Their Needs?

Their basic need is for economic restoration and socio-political rehabilitation. A large section of this community is living below poverty line, lacking all kinds of infrastructural facilities. They need economic boosting, jobs, better accommodations and better social acceptance.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will reveal to the Namasudras how much the true and living God loves them.
* Pray that soon they will be discipled in the ways of the one with the "true name" who gave his life to save sinners and provide abundant life.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17756/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namasudra
http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/4b6fe2370.pdf


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Namassej
People Name in Country Namassej
Population in Bhutan 5,100
World Population 8,447,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Canana, Chanao, Chandal, Chandel, Chanral, Chattri, Khanda-Khatriya, Nama, Namassut, Namasud, Namo, Verhudti, नमास्सेज
People ID 17756
ROP3 Code 113215
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Western
4,200
Eastern
600
Southern
200
Central
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Western 4,200
  Eastern 600
  Southern 200
  Central 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Assamese Hindi
Other People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Assamese
  Hindi
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
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 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
General God's Simple Plan
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 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bhutan census data.  Current values may differ.


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