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Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions)

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Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The Bhangi are a Hindu caste that used to be classed as untouchable. 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.

Where are they located?
The vast majority of the Bhangi people live in India. Only about 10 percent live in Nepal.

What are their lives like?
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. They are very much discriminated against in Hindu society. 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". There are continual efforts to improve their status and their lot in life.

What are their beliefs?
This group is 100 percent Hindu in both Nepal and India. There was a movement to Christ between the 1870s and 1930s, but it eventually dissolved.

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 things will get better for them financially and socially.
* Pray that they will meet Nepali believers 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 for a disciple making movement to flourish among the Bhangi people, both in India and Nepal.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16399/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16399/BG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuhra
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/bhangi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valmiki_caste

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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:32 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:5,500
Largest Provinces:
Lumbini (1,200)Bheri (1,100)
Seti (1,000)Mahakali (700)
Bagmati (400)Sagarmatha (300)
Janakpur (200)Kosi (200)
Narayani (200)Gandaki (100)
Total Provinces on file:11
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
AsadaruBalmik
BalmikiBarvashia
BhangiBhangi/Chuhra
BhangiaChamar
ChuhraChura
ChurhraHadi
HalalkheoHalalkhor
HariHarijan
ROP3 Code: 111546
Joshua Project People ID: 16399
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,500
Population all Countries: 4,810,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Hindi
People Name General: Valmiki, Balmiki (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25c
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Language
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Primary Language: Awadhi (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): awa    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Maithili (1,100)Nepali (800)
Bhojpuri (800)Hindi (500)
Kumaoni (300)Dotyali (300)
Total Languages: 7
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1820-1911
New Testament:
1996Audio
Complete Bible: 2000-2005
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Audio RecordingsThe Promise (StoryRunners Oral Bible Sto ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Awadhi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoNew Life (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
 
 
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