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Lohar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

Lohar (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
191,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Lohar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
Lohar people of Bangladesh are nomadic smiths who travel in to sell their goods. They are descendants of high-caste weapon makers of the Mewar Kingdom in India. Unfortunately, they became poor nomads when the kingdom fell in 1568, and they remain poor today. Although they are nomads, most Lohar people live in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. There are also Lohar people in other South Asian countries including Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
Lohar people lead difficult lives. Although they work hard, they live in extreme poverty. This is partly because most people prefer to buy goods from stores and factories, not handmade items, which are more expensive and are of poorer quality. Also, many cannot read or write because of the nomadic lifestyle they lead; few have regular access to school. They are despised because of the Hindu caste system. There are stereotypes about nomads, such as the idea that they are all thieves or corrupt, even though they generally work up to 14 hours a day.

What are their beliefs?
Unlike the Muslim majority in Bangladesh, the Lohar people are mostly Hindus. Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and needed benefits.

What are their needs?
Their most dire need is to know the love of God. They are low-caste and are often misunderstood because of stereotypes. They are the perfect example of a people in need of God's healing touch. They need either more people to buy from them or become sedentary (the opposite of nomadic, meaning they settle down in one place) and take up an entire other career, which would be difficult since so few of them (or maybe even none) have had the chance to go to school.

Prayer Points
Pray that their business success increases, or, if it is God's will that they become sedentary, that they receive the education they need. Pray that more audio and video resources already existing in Hindi (their spoken language) will be made available to them since very few can read or write. Pray that missionaries would go to Lohar people in Bangladesh and show them that God shows no favoritism. He accepts all people! Above all, pray for their hearts; pray for them to be open to Christ and His love.

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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:29 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:191,000
Largest Provinces:
Dhaka (52,000)Khulna (36,000)
Rangpur (34,000)Chittagong (27,000)
Rajshahi (22,000)Barisal (16,000)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Lohar (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Lohar (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
AhangarBarhi
BattarhaDodai
DodoKamar
KammaraKhar
LohandiaLohar
LohariaLohura
LonarLuhar
LuharaLuharani
ROP3 Code: 112774
Joshua Project People ID: 17379
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 191,000
Population all Countries: 11,593,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Lohar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Language
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Primary Language: Bengali (178,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Chittagonian (13,000)Sylheti (600)
Kok Borok (200)
Total Languages: 4
   
 
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: 1809-2022
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Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Bengali
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Bengali
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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