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Mahara in Bangladesh

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Map source: Omid / Joshua Project
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
8,700 Sylheti Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Mahara in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
There is almost no public information available about this people group, and we know nothing about their historical background.

Where are they located?
Most Mahara people live in India's states of Odisha or the various northeastern states, though a smaller number live in Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
There is almost no information about the lifestyle of this people group. All we know is that they are less than one percent Christian according to census data.

What are their beliefs?
The Mahara people are almost entirely Hindu. Hindus don't have a set of doctrinal beliefs in the same way that Christians, Jews or Muslims do. They worship whatever spirit being they believe will provide for their needs.

What are their needs?
Like other peoples of the world, the Maharas need the opportunity to put their faith in the Risen Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can provide them with the blessings of hope and joy and spiritual guidance.

Prayer Points
* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Mahara people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of the Mahara people would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Mahara people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Mahara people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.

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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:31 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:8,700
Largest Provinces:
Sylhet (8,600)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Mahara
People Name General: Mahara
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112801
Joshua Project People ID: 17401
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 8,700
Population all Countries: 14,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Mahara
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sylheti (6,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): syl    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (1,200)
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: 1993
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sylheti
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Sylheti
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible Text (Scripture Earth)
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Data Notes
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Mahara in Bangladesh

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Mahara Bangladesh    
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            Mahara in Bangladesh          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Sylheti  
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