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Kawar in Bangladesh

Kawar

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Kawar in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
The Kawar are a tribal people who live in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Some of the Kawar people have become so absorbed by the cultures of the surrounding peoples that they are no longer considered to be true Kawar. Some have completely lost their language and former culture and now speak a different dialect. It is possible that in the future that the Kawar will no longer be a distinct people in many of the areas where they now live.

The traditional occupation of Kawar men has been as soldiers for the rulers of Bangladesh and India. Sometimes they fought for and sometimes against the British Raj. They have a reputation of being fierce, disciplined warriors.

Where are they located?
Most of the Kawar people live in east central India. A smaller number reside in Nepal and Bangladesh. Most Bangladeshi Kawar live in the state of Dhaka.

What are their lives like?
Although the Kawar consider military service their traditional occupation, most have given up military life and have become farmers or laborers. Kawar farmers are being encouraged to adopt a more settled type of farming. However, those in the hills can still depend on slash and burn cultivation as well as gathering forest products for survival. A major source of their cash earnings comes from selling firewood that is collected from the forest. The lower classes also weave ropes and make sleeping cots to sell in the markets.

The Kawar have several endogamous divisions (only allow marriage within their own groups). These divisions are further divided into a number of exogamous sects called goti or clans. The goti are "totemistic," which means they use symbols of plants and animals to represent their group. A group totem represents their bond of unity and is often considered the ancestor or brother of the group's members. Marriages within the same clan are unacceptable. A marriage begins with negotiations, usually initiated by the boy's father. Polygamy is permitted, but not common.

The staple foods of the Kawar are rice, vegetables, fruit, and dairy products. They do not eat beef, pork, or any other foods that are considered unclean by Hindus. However, they enjoy drinking rice-beer and other alcoholic beverages.

What are their beliefs?
The Kawar are almost exclusively Hindu. They follow Hindu practices, but still mix their traditional folk beliefs with their practice of Hinduism. Like most Hindus, they will worship the god or goddess that they believe will help them with their present circumstances.

Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Kawar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Kawar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn, and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
Medical facilities among the Kawar are inadequate. Even where the medical personnel are available, medicines, instruments, and essential provisions for the patients are extremely lacking. Adequate medical equipment and staff are needed, especially for the control of sexually transmitted diseases, leprosy, and other communicable diseases.


There are only a few known Kawar believers. There is a great need for Christian doctors, nurses, teachers and agricultural experts.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Kawar people a hunger for spiritual truth that will only be satisfied by Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out Holy Spirit led workers to the Kawar people in Bangladesh.
* Pray for these workers to have the cultural sensitivity to go to Kawar leaders as Christ's ambassadors.
* Pray for a church planting movement to thrive among the Kawar people.

References
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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:48 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:3,300
Largest Provinces:
Dhaka (2,600)Rangpur (300)
Rajshahi (100)Chittagong (100)
Barisal (60)
Total Provinces on file:5
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kawar
People Name General: Kawar
Alternate People Names:
CherwaKamari
KanwarKanware
KaoarKaur
KaurawKauri
Kawaliकवर
ROP3 Code: 112468
Joshua Project People ID: 17122
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,300
Population all Countries: 1,006,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Hindi
People Name General: Kawar
Ethnic Code: CNN25g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Bengali (2,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Chittagonian (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
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: 1800-1980
New Testament:
1801-1984Audio
Complete Bible: 1809-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Bangla Version (F ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Mussolmani Versio ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament- Common Version (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
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 / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkad ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Standard Bangla Common Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: কিতাবুল মোক ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Kawar in Bangladesh

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