Rajbansi Khen (Muslim traditions) in India

The Rajbansi Khen (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in India
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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 Hindu communities put them in the category of the less prestigious scheduled castes because of their tribal background.

They weave their own clothes. The Rajbansi Khen people eat chicken, fish, mutton and lamb. 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 Hindu religious system has not been good to them. They were assigned a much lower status than they believe they should have. This might be the reason that some have converted to Islam. As Muslims, they believe in one God, Allah, and that Mohammed was his prophet. The devout fast during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and pray five times a day facing Mecca. Those who have the means make a pilgrimage to Mecca, which enhances their status among other Muslims. Like other Muslim people groups in this part of the world, some Hindu beliefs have remained with them.


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 (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give Rajbansi Khen Muslims 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 (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rajbansi Khen (Muslim traditions)
World Population 100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names राजबांसी खेन (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21381
ROP3 Code 118250
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  West Bengal 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (100 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (100 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
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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: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.