Paliya 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 Paliya are a disadvantaged caste, also called Poliya. Disadvantaged castes have low status in a Hindu culture. They have three sub-groups.


Where Are they Located?

The Paliya people live in India's West Bengal state and further east in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They speak, read and write in Bengali. They are not vegetarians who eat meat, fish and eggs. Many of them are landless. They work mainly in agriculture. Some are in business and there are some government workers among them. The Paliya are generally not well educated, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion. A Hindu might worship hundreds of gods or no god at all. They worship to gain merit and favor; their gods are not a source of guidance, nor are they beings that someone would want to have a personal relationship with.


What Are Their Needs?

The Paliya people need the chance to hear and respond to the person, Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Paliya in Bangladesh.

Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Paliya people.
Pray for a movement of Paliya households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Paliya people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Paliya people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17821/IN
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Paliya
People Name in Country Paliya
Pronunciation PAH-lee-uh
Population this Country 100,000
Population all Countries 242,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Mudhpal; Pal; Palasi; Palhar; Pali; Palua; Paluh; Pol; Poligar; Poliya; पालिया
People ID 17821
ROP3 Code 113294
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 4
Largest States
Rangpur
95,000
Dhaka
2,300
Khulna
1,500
Chittagong
900
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 4
  Rangpur 95,000
  Dhaka 2,300
  Khulna 1,500
  Chittagong 900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (103,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
700
Sylheti
90
Primary Language Bengali (103,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 700
  Sylheti 90
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  (1809-2016)
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 Audio Scripture
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
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 (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2022  Matyas Rehak - Shutterstock  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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