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Bhangi (Hindu traditions) in India

Bhangi (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,964,000 Hindi Hinduism 2.69 % Unknown   

Bhangi (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Bhangi are an Indian Caste that used to be classed as untouchable in the past. They have many subdivisions. They would rather be called Balmiki or Valmiki. They were restricted to three types of work which are cleaning toilets, sweeping and scavenging. Scavenging can sometimes mean handling dead people. A child in a Bhangi family was forced to do this kind of work mainly because of finances.

Although attempts have been made to improve sanitation and this includes banning the manual removal of human waste, some Bhangis are yet doing that kind of work now and they are very much discriminated against. Even Dalit castes classed as backward such as the Dhobi who are washer men are socially higher than the Bhangi. Higher castes amongst the Dalits would not have anything to do with lower caste Bhangis who are described as "outcasts even amongst outcasts".

What are their beliefs?
Some Bhangis are Muslims though most Bhangis are strong Hindus but some have gone to other religions to get away from the social position that they have. This has generally not brought about changes for the better for them. In spite of all this, there are some Bhangis classed as Hindu saints.

What are their needs?
Most Bhangis are refused education, teachers and students not wanting them. It is very difficult for the Bhangis to find work as they are unwanted.

Prayer Points
* Pray that they will meet Indian Christians who will show them love and give them the gospel message so the Bhangis will come to Jesus Christ and at last find true happiness.
* Pray things will get better for them financially and socially.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:4,964,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (1,543,000)Delhi (645,000)
Gujarat (575,000)West Bengal (537,000)
Rajasthan (474,000)Madhya Pradesh (402,000)
Maharashtra (281,000)Bihar (213,000)
Uttarakhand (101,000)Jharkhand (65,000)
Total States on file:30
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bhangi (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Bhangi (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111546
Joshua Project People ID: 16399
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,964,000
Population all Countries: 4,989,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Hindi
People Name General: Bhangi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (3,374,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Gujarati (433,000)Bengali (400,000)
Punjabi, Eastern (80,000)Dhundari (71,000)
Kanauji (70,000)Awadhi (66,000)
Marathi (60,000)Marwari (53,000)
Garhwali (28,000)Shekhawati (28,000)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 42
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.21 % 
Christianity2.69 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism96.89 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.20 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (
Film / VideoA Pilgrimage (
Film / VideoAasha - Hope (
Film / VideoCoconuts (
Film / VideoCreation to Christ (
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoHaqeeqat Episode 6 (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoTen Virgins (
Film / VideoThe Final Prodigal (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video: View in Hindi
Film / VideoThe Price of Life (
Film / VideoYeshu Satsang (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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