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Kaibartta in Bhutan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,200 Assamese Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Kaibartta in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
The Kaibartta probably migrated from Burma and China to their current locations in India and Bangladesh around 2000 B.C. From earliest days the Kaibartta have been known as fishermen. Even their name may have come from "Ka" (meaning water) and "vrit" (exist) or varta (livelihood).

Where are they located?
These are a people found throughout West Bengal, Bangladesh and a few live in Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
The literacy rate of these Hindu fishermen is very low. They chew betel nuts, smoke beedis and cigarettes. Women do not participate in socio-religious or political activities. When there is a dispute, elderly men meet in the community hall to settle the matter.
Most of them fish for a living. They have low status in Hindu communities, but the caste system is weaker in Bhutan where there is a much stronger Buddhist influence.

Kaibartta enjoy festive dances. The Chaiti Ghoda Naacha dance is a dance honoring Vasuli Devi, their primary Hindu god. It is the people's most favorite and famous dance. One male and one female dress in colorful attire and sing and dance around a wooden or bamboo horse, which is an idol of Vasuli Devi.

Another dance that is near to the affections of the Kaibartta is the Chaiti Parva, a dance that worships boats. The Kaibartta enjoy this dance so much because it does not require the presence of a Brahmin priest to perform.

What are their beliefs?
The Kaibartta are a Hindu people. They recognize the existence of the Hindu gods, and even lay claim to one - Vasuli Devi - as their primary Hindu god, paying their homage to him every April in a dance called "Chaiti Ghoda Naacha." Yet, underneath the veneer of Hinduism, the Kaibartta also believe in the existence of spirits, and therefore, are rightly considered by some to be animists.

The Kaibartta are more fervent for animism than for Hinduism, and therefore, are not orthodox Hindus. Yet, their fervency for Vasuli Devi as well as other spirits ought to suggest, again, that the presentation of the gospel ought to begin with a recognition of spirits and an introduction to the Supreme God over these spirits.

Kaibartta folklore tells of a story about how the supreme god made man out of the dirt of his ear; man is subsequently saved by this god from a gigantic fish. Afterwards, the Kaibartta were given a goddess horse to be the primary deity, and the horse died! Only through worshiping this goddess do the Kaibartta believe they can receive salvation.

What are their needs?
The Kaibartta in Bhutan struggle with illiteracy and a need for more community solidity. The majority of the Kaibartta are illiterate.

Prayer Points
* Ask the God of the Universe to reveal himself to the Kaibartta fishermen.
* Pray for this fishing community to see the value of worshipping only the one true God.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to dispel the darkness of unbelief in this fishing community.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to flourish among them.

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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:43 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,200
Largest Provinces:
Eastern (600)Western (300)
Southern (300)
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kaibartta
People Name General: Kaibartta
Alternate People Names:
Adi KaibarttaBamunia
Jala KaibarttaJali
JaliaJalia Kaibarta
Jalia KaibarttaJaliya
Shudra DasShudradas
ROP3 Code: 112347
Joshua Project People ID: 17016
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,200
Population all Countries: 2,318,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Kaibartta
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Assamese
Language Code (ISO): asm    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (Unknown)Hindi (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
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: 1822-1974
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1833-1995
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Assamese
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Path of Light
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: অসমীয়া - Assamese
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Kaibartta in Bhutan

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