Ghasiya (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

Ghasiya (Hindu traditions)
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People Name: Ghasiya (Hindu traditions)
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,300
World Population: 528,300
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 Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The traditional and primary occupation of the Ghasiya has been scavenging and agricultural labor. They are a scheduled caste, so they have low status.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Presently they are engaged in service, business or as musicians. On account of their poor economic condition, the Ghasiya do not encourage their children to study beyond primary school. Their literacy rate is low, probably below 30%.

What Are Their Beliefs?

A largely Hinduized community, they worship their ancestors and clan and village deities. They prefer consulting a sorcerer rather than utilizing modern medical facilities.

What Are Their Needs?

The Ghasiya people need to accept education so they can adjust to the 21st century. At this point they are marginalized in Bangladesh.

Prayer Points

Pray for workers who know how to communicate using stories from scripture.

Pray for the faith of Ghasiya Christian believers to be protected and nurtured.

Pray for Indian Christian believers to begin a Christward movement among the Ghasiya that involves discipleship.

Pray this poor community of low caste people will be able to gain skills to make them more employable.

Pray that parents will see the importance of providing a good education for their children.

Text Source:   Joshua Project