Bhumij in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bhumij people, originally from India, migrated to Bangladesh in search of land and agricultural opportunities. Their name means "children of the soil."


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Bhumij of Bangladesh speak Bangla, Bangladesh's trade language. They are divided into clans and their elders settle social disputes. Rice, fish, and eggs are their staple foods, and as Hindus, they won't eat beef. Many now work as tea-laborers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

 While there are a few Christians among the Bhumij of Bangladesh, the vast majority follow a mixture of Hinduism and ethnic religions. They observe many Hindu rituals and feasts and seek spiritual direction from the local village priest.


What Are Their Needs?

The majority of the Bhumij still need to hear the message of salvation in Christ. The Bhumij who have chosen to follow Jesus need encouragement and discipleship.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhumij in Bangladesh.

Ask the Lord to raise up and send his children to the Bhumij in Bangladesh. Pray for the hearts of the Bhumij to be receptive to the gospel. Pray for the believers among them to grow in Christ and boldly share their faith with other Bhumij. Pray for a church planting movement among the Bhumij.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhumij
People Name in Country Bhumij
Population this Country 34,000
Population all Countries 1,340,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhumij Desua; Bhumija; Bhumjia; Chai Bin; Desua Bhumij; Kisan-Bhumij; भूमीज़
People ID 16447
ROP3 Code 111603
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Sylhet
27,000
Rajshahi
3,500
Khulna
1,900
Dhaka
1,100
Chittagong
300
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Sylhet 27,000
  Rajshahi 3,500
  Khulna 1,900
  Dhaka 1,100
  Chittagong 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sylheti (19,000 speakers)
Language Code syl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Bengali
8,200
Mundari: Bhumij
6,800
Assamese
300
Bishnupuriya
80
Primary Language Sylheti (19,000 speakers)
Language Code syl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 8,200
  Mundari: Bhumij 6,800
  Assamese 300
  Bishnupuriya 80
People Groups Speaking Sylheti

Primary Language:  Sylheti

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2014)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sylheti
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Sylheti
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.38 %
Islam
0.47 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.96 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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