Nat (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

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. 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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hindu Nats worship all the Hindu gods and goddesses, including Rama and Shiva. Some Nat 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Nat people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Nat people in Bangladesh that will turn their hearts to Jesus. Please pray the Nat community will acquire skills to make them employable in reputable trades. The youth need better education. Pray that parents will understand the importance of a good education for their children.


Scripture Prayers for the Nat (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Nat (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nat (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 15,000
Population all Countries 606,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Chittagong
7,000
Barisal
3,700
Dhaka
2,300
Rangpur
1,400
Rajshahi
400
Khulna
50
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Chittagong 7,000
  Barisal 3,700
  Dhaka 2,300
  Rangpur 1,400
  Rajshahi 400
  Khulna 50
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
3,600
Sylheti
60
Primary Language Bengali (11,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 3,600
  Sylheti 60
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  (1809-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.33 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.67 %
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.
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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