Bhar in Bangladesh

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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Bhar
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 6,300
World Population: 2,414,600
Primary Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Many centuries ago, the Bhar community was deposed by the invading Rajput and Muslims. Their struggle with the Rajput and Muslim invaders continued for about two hundred years, at the end of which Ibrahim Shah Waarli of Jaunpur killed the last Bhar ruler.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Child marriages are prevalent; however, the trend towards adult marriage is increasing. Agriculture is the main occupation of the Bhar, and they usually work as laborers in fields owned by the Muslims, Thakur and Yadav.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Hindu and worship deities like Deeh Baba and Burhao Baba. They also hold onto the worship of spirits of created things, not the Creator God.

What Are Their Needs?

There are many good resource materials available in the primary language of the Bhar people, but there is a need for workers.

Prayer Points

Also pray for the Bhar to make schooling a priority for their children, and for good schools to be available. Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger among the Bhar people. Pray for workers for the harvest, which is ripening. Pray that new Bhar believers will become effective and fruitful in sharing and discussing Bible stories with their own and other families. They will need prayer support. Pray for access to Scripture in printed and recorded forms.

Text Source:   Joshua Project