Rajbansi Khen (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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Introduction / History

The Rajbansis are one of the Khen peoples who originated in what is now northern Bangladesh. In the 15th century, they were the rulers of the Kamarupa Kingdom. Today they are regarded as a low status scheduled caste in Hindu society. Rajbansi means "of royal blood" or "descendant of the king." They are also known as the Koch people. Ethnically, they are more related to the Tibetans than they are to people in the Bengali speaking parts of South Asia.


Where Are they Located?

In India, the Rajbansi Khen are located in the states of West Bengal and Assam. Most of them live in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most are now farmers though there are carpenters, blacksmiths, and traders among them. They claim Kshatrya status, but most other Hindu communities put them in the category of the less prestigious scheduled castes because of their tribal background.

They weave their own clothes. Since they do not have high caste status, the Rajbansi Khen people eat all kinds of meat except beef. Like most rural peoples in South Asia, their staple foods include rice and lentils.

Music is an important part of their culture. They have their own music which often entails stringed instruments, bells, and various drums.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rajbansi Khen people are Hindu, though the Hindu religious system has not been good to them. They are assigned a much lower status than they believe they should have. They are loyal to the Hindu religious system. Who will show them the way to become part of Christ's royal family?


What Are Their Needs?

The Rajbansi Khen people need to put their identity in Jesus Christ rather than their past accomplishments. Their future lies with the Savior!


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rajbansi Khen (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Rajbansi Khen people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit that will bring entire Rajbansi Khen families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
* Pray for Rajbansi Khen families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Rajbansi Khen family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://globaljournals.org/GJHSS_Volume18/3-The-Ancient-Khen-People.pdf
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Koch
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajbongshi_people
http://www.antrocom.net/upload/sub/antrocom/060210/11-Antrocom.pdf
http://ashokgeopolitynb20131701.blogspot.com/2014/08/some-observations-on-rajbanshis-of.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Rajbansi Khen (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rajbansi Khen (Hindu traditions)
World Population 132,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Khen; Sen; राजबांसी खेन (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21353
ROP3 Code 118178
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 4
Largest States
Rangpur
27,000
Khulna
3,700
Dhaka
400
Rajshahi
300
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 4
  Rangpur 27,000
  Khulna 3,700
  Dhaka 400
  Rajshahi 300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (31,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (31,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.