Namassej (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.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Ganrar 6,900
Poddar 3,200

Introduction / History

For thousands of years in Hindu society, "sudra" or "shudra" was a reference to those of the servant caste. These people have always held the lowest status. Among these communities are the Namassej, or Namasudra people. The vast majority live in West Bengal and other places where Hinduism is dominant, but some live in Bhutan where Tibetan Buddhism caste distinctions are far less pronounced.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their economic condition is very bad. Some Namassej own land and are engaged in cultivation, but a large number are daily-wage workers. Rickshaw-pulling, poultry farming and goat-rearing are secondary occupations. They are hard-working, very lively, enthusiastic and conscious of their own identity. A very small number is doing government and private jobs. Their literacy rate has improved in recent years. Not many get an adequate education. The number of Namassej people with higher education has not been high. They are engaged in all kinds of professions but those living in villages are engaged in agriculture.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They profess Hinduism, and worship Lakshmi and Parameshwar.


What Are Their Needs?

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


Prayer Points

Pray the Namassej people who know God will become wise in sowing the Word of God among their families and multiplying the blessings of God to other households. Pray they will come to truly trust in Christ and follow him obediently. Pray they understand that to be a Christian means more than cultural identification. Pray the Namassej community will make schooling a priority for their children and will be able to care adequately for their families. Pray for health care, clean water, and sufficient food.


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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-09-25
People Name General Namassej (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Namassej (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation NAY-muh-sez
Population this Country 625,000
Population all Countries 4,444,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Alternate Names Canana; Chanao; Chandal; Chandel; Chanral; Chattri; Khanda-Khatriya; Nama; Namassut; Namasud; Namo; Verhudti; नमास्सेज
People ID 17756
ROP3 Code 113215
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 7
Largest States
Dhaka
953,000
Khulna
796,000
Barisal
412,000
Sylhet
322,000
Chittagong
204,000
Rajshahi
92,000
Rangpur
61,000
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 7
  Dhaka 953,000
  Khulna 796,000
  Barisal 412,000
  Sylhet 322,000
  Chittagong 204,000
  Rajshahi 92,000
  Rangpur 61,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (2,507,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
262,000
Chittagonian
29,000
Bishnupuriya
9,400
Assamese
3,900
Kok Borok
2,000
Primary Language Bengali (2,507,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 262,000
  Chittagonian 29,000
  Bishnupuriya 9,400
  Assamese 3,900
  Kok Borok 2,000
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
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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
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.54 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.46 %
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.
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
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