Nat (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Brijbansi 600
Rathor 400
Gual 200

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.


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)
World Population 517,000
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 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Chittagong
5,600
Barisal
4,200
Dhaka
2,900
Rangpur
1,300
Rajshahi
300
Khulna
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Chittagong 5,600
  Barisal 4,200
  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
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
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.