Kurux Oraon in Bangladesh


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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Meet the Oraon tribe who call themselves Kurukh, by the name taken from their hero-king Karakh. They speak languages such as Kurukh, Sadri and Hindi which are from the Dravidian family of languages. They write using the Devanagari script. The Oraon used to live south-west of the Ganges River but are now mainly concentrated in Chhotanagpur in Bihar and the adjoining areas of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Tripura, Maharashtra, and Assam. A smaller number live further east in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are mainly settled cultivators and also work as wage laborers and industrial workers. Their staple cereal is rice, supplemented with maize, wheat, Madua and Gondli. Both men and women consume alcohol, and they also prepare rice beer at home. Generally, men chew tobacco and women smoke the Hookah. The Oraon have their traditional community council at the village level headed by a Mahto. They have a regional council known as the Parha composed of a number of villages.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Their main deity is taken as Dharmes, and they also believe in a host of spirits. A priest is invited to perform their life cycle rituals. An Ojiha or mati is specially called to cure diseases by appeasing evil spirits.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kurux Oraon people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to show himself loving and powerful by providing for the Kurux Oraon's needs. For the salvation of the Kurux Oraon people; that the disciples of Jesus among them may spread the good news to others. Pray for them to seek Jesus for healing from their sicknesses rather than using methods of witchcraft. Pray for Kurux Oraon men and women to be freed from alcohol and tobacco addiction.


Scripture Prayers for the Oraon, Kurux in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Oraon
People Name in Country Oraon, Kurux
Natural Name Kurux Oraon
Alternate Names Dhagar; Dhanka; Jhagad; Jhagar; Kurka; Orang; Ranchi; Ranchiwalla; Saathi; Sadri; Uraon; ओराओं
Population this Country 111,000
Population all Countries 5,527,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 14210
ROP3 Code 107674
ROP25 Code 306347
ROP25 Name Orao
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Rajshahi
68,000
Rangpur
19,000
Sylhet
12,000
Chittagong
6,700
Dhaka
2,900
Khulna
1,400
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Rajshahi 68,000
  Rangpur 19,000
  Sylhet 12,000
  Chittagong 6,700
  Dhaka 2,900
  Khulna 1,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.59 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
15.40 %
Ethnic Religions
51.71 %
Hinduism
30.72 %
Islam
0.17 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
1.41 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Kurux (81,000 speakers)
Language Code kru   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Bengali
25,000
Sylheti
2,800
Odia
600
Chittagonian
200
Primary Language Kurux (81,000 speakers)
Language Code kru   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 25,000
  Sylheti 2,800
  Odia 600
  Chittagonian 200
People Groups Speaking Kurux
Photo Source Gerald Roberts 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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