Nat (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
14,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Nat are a community traditionally employed as dancers, singers and acrobats. They are a Scheduled Caste in some states where they live, but not all states. Scheduled Castes receive certain benefits from the government. Today, many in the Nat community are employed in farming and other trades. Both men and women chew betel nuts and tobacco, and drinking alcohol is common. They usually live in hamlets on the outskirts of villages and towns. Hindu Nats worship all the Hindu gods and goddesses, including Rama and Shiva. The Nat in Bihar worship Dack as their main deity, while their regional deity is Goraibaba. Some become hermits and chant the name of Rama, and others are exorcists, healers and fortune tellers.


Ministry Obstacles

The Nat people are spread across the northern portions of the Indian sub-continent, a vast area, with much spiritual opposition to the Christian Gospel.


Outreach Ideas

Perhaps some Nai youth will discover the availability of Christian videos and recordings on the web. Pray they will be given an interest and understanding as they view and listen. Pray for Gospel radio to be available, as well.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

The Nat people live not only in Bangladesh, but also in India, Nepal and Pakistan. There are Nats in Bangladesh who have identified themselves as Christian believers, but not so in the other countries. Please pray for the Christians in Bangladesh to be properly instructed in the faith, and not mix the beliefs of Hinduism with the Christian faith.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Nat community will acquire skills to make them employable in reputable trades. The youth need more and better education. Pray that parents will understand the importance of a good education for their children.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Nat (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nat (Hindu traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 14,000
World Population 474,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bajania, Bajania Nat, Bajigar, Balija, Bazigar, Bhanmati, Bhanumati, Gulgulia, Kalavanthulu, Kalbelia, Kanphata, Kanphatia, Karnat, Kutchwandh, Nat, Natada, Natavalollu, Nath Jogi, Nathjogi, Nathyogi, Natta, Nattavaru, Nattuvan, Natua, Natuva, Netya, Nut, Parnewala, Rai Nat, Raj Nat, Sanchia, Sapera, Yogi, नट (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17763
ROP3 Code 113224
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
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 6
Largest States
Chittagong
(5,600)
Barisal
(4,300)
Dhaka
(2,900)
Rangpur
(1,300)
Rajshahi
(300)
Khulna
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Chittagong (5,600)
  Barisal (4,300)
  Dhaka (2,900)
  Rangpur (1,300)
  Rajshahi (300)
  Khulna (20)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (11,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
(1,700)
Sylheti
(20)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (11,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian (1,700)
  Sylheti (20)
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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