Namassej (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 18 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Chasa 254,000
Kora 193,000
Nunia 193,000
Ganrar 15,000
Abasan 14,000
Poddar 8,800
Das Unknown
Choddoana Unknown
Dhami Nama Unknown
Jien Nama Unknown

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.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Namassej (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-18
People Name General Namassej (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Namassej (Hindu traditions)
World Population 8,132,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 98
Alternate Names Canana; Chanao; Chandal; Chandel; Chanral; Chattri; Khanda-Khatriya; Nama; Namassut; Namasud; Namo; Verhudti; नमास्सेज
People ID 17756
ROP3 Code 113215
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Dalit - Namassej
People Group Namassej (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 18 (only 15 largest shown)
  Chasa 254,000
  Kora 193,000
  Nunia 193,000
  Ganrar 15,000
  Abasan 14,000
  Poddar 8,800
  Das 80
  Choddoana 0
  Dhami Nama 0
  Jien Nama 0
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 33
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
3,569,000
Assam
765,000
Tripura
221,000
Odisha
168,000
Bihar
84,000
Jharkhand
16,000
Andaman and Nicobar
11,000
Nagaland
10,000
Chhattisgarh
7,000
Maharashtra
6,800
Uttar Pradesh
4,700
Manipur
3,800
Madhya Pradesh
3,500
Delhi
2,000
Meghalaya
1,700
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 33  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 3,569,000
  Assam 765,000
  Tripura 221,000
  Odisha 168,000
  Bihar 84,000
  Jharkhand 16,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 11,000
  Nagaland 10,000
  Chhattisgarh 7,000
  Maharashtra 6,800
  Uttar Pradesh 4,700
  Manipur 3,800
  Madhya Pradesh 3,500
  Delhi 2,000
  Meghalaya 1,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (3,786,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Assamese
573,000
Hindi
259,000
Odia
127,000
Maithili
34,000
Sadri
33,000
Amri Karbi
10,000
Kok Borok
9,500
Kui
3,900
Bhatri
1,400
Andaman Creole Hindi
1,000
Pengo
1,000
Kurux
900
Santhali
700
Mundari
600
Magahi
600
Primary Language Bengali (3,786,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Assamese 573,000
  Hindi 259,000
  Odia 127,000
  Maithili 34,000
  Sadri 33,000
  Amri Karbi 10,000
  Kok Borok 9,500
  Kui 3,900
  Bhatri 1,400
  Andaman Creole Hindi 1,000
  Pengo 1,000
  Kurux 900
  Santhali 700
  Mundari 600
  Magahi 600
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
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: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.47 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.50 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.