Namassej in India


Population
5,373,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

As documented in British India Gazetteers and surveys and hearsay they are like many population groups of Bengal who were made outcast during the Sen Dynasty due to their defiant nature and hunted to southern swamps till the Europeans came and they started migrating to the middle part of Bengal. The caste apartheid which ostracized them also to some extent protected them from mixing. However nowadays they are more or less accepted, particularly among uprooted Bengali Hindu settlements.

They identified themselves by their mythical clan Rishi Buddhas. The major clan is identified after Rishi-Buddhah Kashyap. Mythologically they have the gotra name Kashyapa and follow the rituals of Hindu Sanatan according to the Kashyap gotra name.

They were named Namsudra during British Regime and the use of the sanction term "Chandala" was restricted by an Official Order of British-India Government. Now the community has gained acknowledgement by the name "Namassej" after the Namas Rishi, son of the great clan Rishi Buddha Kashyapa. All other clans like Goutam, Lomasha, Sandilya and Bhardwaj have adopted the rituals of the Kashyapa clan. The community is Namassej Jati now and follows the Avarna Sanatan Matua path. They are ideologically also influenced by Reverend Mead and other missionaries. The discourse "Namassejsantokotha" highlights the influences of different spiritual ideologies.


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 Naru and in Bangladesh.


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 there has been great deterioration. Their economic condition is very bad. Average literacy is observed among them. The number of people with higher education has not been high. 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?

They believe in traditional Hinduism. But their community reformation started with one religious leader who believed in Monist Hinduism. His son and other descendants took charge of his unfinished work.


What Are Their Needs?

Their basic need is for economic restoration and socio-political rehabilitation. After the division of British India this community has mainly become uprooted refugees. 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.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-18
People Name General Namassej
People Name in Country Namassej
Population in India 5,373,000
World Population 8,653,200
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 108 to 113
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Canana, Chanao, Chandal, Chandel, Chanral, Chattri, Khanda-Khatriya, Nama, Namassut, Namasud, Namo, Verhudti, नमास्सेज
People ID 17756
ROP3 Code 113215
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 33
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
(4,008,000)
Assam
(800,000)
Tripura
(226,000)
Odisha
(175,000)
Bihar
(88,000)
Jharkhand
(16,000)
Andaman and Nicobar
(11,000)
Nagaland
(9,300)
Chhattisgarh
(7,400)
Maharashtra
(6,800)
Manipur
(5,000)
Uttar Pradesh
(4,900)
Madhya Pradesh
(3,700)
Delhi
(2,100)
Meghalaya
(1,800)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 33  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal (4,008,000)
  Assam (800,000)
  Tripura (226,000)
  Odisha (175,000)
  Bihar (88,000)
  Jharkhand (16,000)
  Andaman and Nicobar (11,000)
  Nagaland (9,300)
  Chhattisgarh (7,400)
  Maharashtra (6,800)
  Manipur (5,000)
  Uttar Pradesh (4,900)
  Madhya Pradesh (3,700)
  Delhi (2,100)
  Meghalaya (1,800)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (4,027,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Assamese
(571,000)
Hindi
(243,000)
Odia
(128,000)
Sadri
(31,000)
Maithili
(27,000)
Amri Karbi
(10,000)
Kurux
(6,000)
Kui
(3,900)
Santhali
(3,100)
Mundari
(1,900)
Bhatri
(1,400)
Andaman Creole Hindi
(1,000)
Pengo
(1,000)
Kuvi
(400)
Bhojpuri
(400)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (4,027,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Assamese (571,000)
  Hindi (243,000)
  Odia (128,000)
  Sadri (31,000)
  Maithili (27,000)
  Amri Karbi (10,000)
  Kurux (6,000)
  Kui (3,900)
  Santhali (3,100)
  Mundari (1,900)
  Bhatri (1,400)
  Andaman Creole Hindi (1,000)
  Pengo (1,000)
  Kuvi (400)
  Bhojpuri (400)
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 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
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.84 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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