Namassej (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka


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

Introduction / History

According to records, they were made outcastes by India’s Sen Dynasty in the 11th and 12th centuries along with other uprooted Bengali Hindu communities. They fled to southern swamps until the British arrived.


Where Are they Located?

The bulk of this people group lives either in India’s state of West Bengal, or Bangladesh, but there are smaller pockets of them in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of them are farmers, fishermen, boatmen, or carpenters. Others work as wage laborers. Long considered untouchables, this caste has remained socially immobile for years. Many still live below the poverty line in desperate need of gainful employment, economic restoration, and socio-political acceptance.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Their faith is in Hindu gods and idols rather than the living Savior and Creator. The Namasudras practice folk Hinduism, venerating their ancestors and family gods.


What Are Their Needs?

Believers can help the Namasudra people with practical economic needs like helping them to build their own co-ops to sell their products.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Namassej (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Namasudra people in Sri Lanka teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Namasudra families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Namasudra families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Namasudra family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17756/CE
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17756/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2012/10/18
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2006/09/24
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namasudra
http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/4b6fe2370.pdf


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Namassej (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Namassej (Hindu traditions)
World Population 7,947,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Canana; Chanao; Chandal; Chandel; Chanral; Chattri; Khanda-Khatriya; Nama; Namassut; Namasud; Namo; Verhudti; नमास्सेज
People ID 17756
ROP3 Code 113215
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Eastern
300
Central
200
Western
50
Sabaragamuwa
20
Uva
20
Northern
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Eastern 300
  Central 200
  Western 50
  Sabaragamuwa 20
  Uva 20
  Northern 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (500 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (500 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
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 Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
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 Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2020  Create International  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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

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