Koch (Hindu traditions) in Nepal


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Koch of Bangladesh live in a small pocket of land along the Indian border in northwestern Dhaka division. These Koch speak a Tibeto-Burman language, and this distinguishes them from a much larger group of Koch (sometimes spelled Cooch) who speak an Indo-Aryan language. Within Bangladesh the Tibeto- Burman Koch generally continue to follow their traditional "Sonaton" religion, though some say they are Hindu. Most of the Indo-Aryan Koch speakers in Bangladesh have embraced Islam.

Among the Tibeto-Burman Koch there are two groups in Bangladesh: the Tintekiya and the Chapra. The Titekiya, whose name means "three pieces of clothing" and comes from their traditional dress, live in about 19 villages. The Chapra live in only three villages, and in each they are the minority.

Both the Tintekiya and the Chapra Koch are primarily farmers, with some farming their own land and most working as hired day laborers for neighboring Bengalis. They continue to live primarily in Koch villages in simple homes with mud walls and floors and thatched or corrugated tin roofs.

There are also some Koch living in Gazipur near Dhaka. These people's ancestors apparently spoke a Tibeto-Burman variety of Koch, but today these people speak Bangla as their mother tongue. They have little or no communication with the Koch living in northwesterern Dhaka division, but they do still share some cultural traits. Most of these Koch, too, are Sonaton, but possibly one or two families say they are Christian.

The Koch are poor and uneducated. A Christian education and/or community development organization could possibly be a real blessing to the Koch. At the same time, it seems the Koch tend to equate Christianity with opportunities for education and health care and are in great need of someone to share true Christianity with them.


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* Scripture Prayers for the Koch (Hindu traditions) in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Koch (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Koch (Hindu traditions)
World Population 169,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bashgaria, Koch, Magan, Sanga, कोच (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20018
ROP3 Code 105069
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Mechi
1,000
Kosi
200
Narayani
100
Bagmati
80
Sagarmatha
70
Janakpur
40
Seti
20
Lumbini
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Mechi 1,000
  Kosi 200
  Narayani 100
  Bagmati 80
  Sagarmatha 70
  Janakpur 40
  Seti 20
  Lumbini 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Rajbanshi (1,000 speakers)
Language Code rjs   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Koch
300
Maithili
100
Rangpuri
100
Primary Language Rajbanshi (1,000 speakers)
Language Code rjs   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Koch 300
  Maithili 100
  Rangpuri 100
People Groups Speaking Rajbanshi

Primary Language:  Rajbanshi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2005-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2009)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio 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 (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Rajbanshi
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.63 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
91.76 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
7.61 %
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Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Nepal census data.  Current values may differ.