Kasar (Hindu traditions) 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 traditional occupation of the Kasar or Tambat people is the production and sale of copper and brass items. Tambat in Marathi means copper. Some Kasar claim Kshatriya level, the second highest caste in Hinduism. In some areas they are seen as merchants, workers or even Dalits. Originally, all Kasar were Hindus. Some Kasar converted to Islam during the time of the Moguls.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Kasar people live in India, though a smaller number live in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The Bangladeshi Kasar mostly reside in the states of Dhaka and Rangpur. The primary language of the Bangladeshi Kasar is Bengali.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The economic position of the Kasar varies widely. Some are wealthy factory owners. These factories used modern machinery to make metal vessels, Hindu idols, utensils, bangles (rigid bracelets) and musical instruments. Other Kasar shape metals items like their ancestors did using ancient techniques. One of their specialties is using a hard form of brass called bell metal. They shape bell metal into polished bells and cymbals. The price of copper has skyrocketed in recent years due to it value in electrical wire. Some Kasar have had to leave the metal working profession and find new employment in agriculture and manufacturing.

Literacy is an issue among the Kasar. Only about 70% of the Kasar population can read and write. The Bangladeshi government is working to raise those numbers among all her people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kasar practice Hinduism influenced by folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Kali, the goddess of sexuality and death, is their patron deity. They also worship Vishnu and his avatars Rama and Krishna.

Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kasar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Kasar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn, and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kasar of Sri Lanka need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need help in educating their children and learning new jobs skills as their ancient profession is vanishing. The Kasar need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out among them in practical ways.


Prayer Points

Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Kasar people in Bangladesh to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
Pray that strong movements to Jesus will bring whole Kasar families into rich experiences of God's blessings.
Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His Gospel among the Kasar people.


Scripture Prayers for the Kasar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17110/IN
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twashta Kasar
http://indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Kasar
http://twashtakasartambat.blogspot.com/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kasar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kasar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation kah-SAR
Population this Country 8,700
Population all Countries 789,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Achari; Balagara; Balegara; Bogam; Bogar; Bogara Jaen; Bogara Jain; Jamera; Kanchara; Kanchari; Kanchera; Kanchigar; Kanchori; Kanchugar; Kanchugara; Kancugara; Kangsbanik; Kanisan; Kannar; Kansai; Kansar; Kansara; Kansari; Kanskar; Kasera; Katansar; Katesan; Katesar; Kesara Jain; Musaplu; Musarlu; Otkar; Pattamkatti; Tamar; Tambat; Tambatkar; Tamer; Tamera; Tamrakar; Tamraokar; Thathera; Thetra; Tinda; Twasta Kasar; कसर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17110
ROP3 Code 112453
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 6
Largest States
Khulna
2,900
Dhaka
1,400
Chittagong
1,300
Rajshahi
1,300
Rangpur
1,000
Barisal
600
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 6
  Khulna 2,900
  Dhaka 1,400
  Chittagong 1,300
  Rajshahi 1,300
  Rangpur 1,000
  Barisal 600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (8,300 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
500
Primary Language Bengali (8,300 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 500
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 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source First Assembly of God, St. Joseph, MI 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more