Chain in India


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

Introduction / History

The Chain are a people group in West Bengal and other states in eastern India. They speak Bengali and read and write in Bengali.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Chain are mainly agricultural landowners. They are not vegetarians; their staple foods are wheat and rice.

Some of them are in business and a few in government service.

Upon the death of the father, males and females get the same shares of an inheritance. A widow gets half of the property. The oldest son takes charge of the home.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Chain people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chain people need to accept the warm embrace of the only savior so they can enjoy spiritually meaningful lives.


Prayer Points

Pray that the internet and gospel recordings will help lead the Chain to salvation.

Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.

Pray for a “chain” of disciples who will disciple others until there is an unstoppable movement to Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Chain in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Chain
People Name in Country Chain
Pronunciation chyne
Population this Country 602,000
Population all Countries 626,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Alternate Names Chai; Chaie; चैन
People ID 16564
ROP3 Code 111755
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 on file 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
422,000
Bihar
93,000
Jharkhand
65,000
Tripura
7,200
Odisha
2,800
Andaman and Nicobar
1,600
Delhi
1,200
Chhattisgarh
800
Meghalaya
800
Maharashtra
700
Arunachal Pradesh
600
Nagaland
600
Uttar Pradesh
400
Madhya Pradesh
300
Manipur
200
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 20
  West Bengal 422,000
  Bihar 93,000
  Jharkhand 65,000
  Tripura 7,200
  Odisha 2,800
  Andaman and Nicobar 1,600
  Delhi 1,200
  Chhattisgarh 800
  Meghalaya 800
  Maharashtra 700
  Arunachal Pradesh 600
  Nagaland 600
  Uttar Pradesh 400
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Manipur 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (379,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Hindi
85,000
Bhojpuri
21,000
Magahi
12,000
Maithili
9,300
Odia
900
Angika
600
Andaman Hindi Creole
200
Kok Borok
200
Kannada
30
Primary Language Bengali (379,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 85,000
  Bhojpuri 21,000
  Magahi 12,000
  Maithili 9,300
  Odia 900
  Angika 600
  Andaman Hindi Creole 200
  Kok Borok 200
  Kannada 30
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  (1809-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more