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Bru in Bangladesh

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,000 Riang Hinduism 18.43 % Unknown No   

Bru in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
Within Bangladesh the Riang people live almost exclusively in Rangamati district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Ethnically they relate loosely with the Tripura community, which spreads through much of the Hill Tracts in Bangladesh, through Tripura state, India, and into southern Sylhet division, which is again in Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
The language situation among the Riang in Bangladesh is an interesting one. There are thousands of Riang people in Rangamati district, but only about 500 of them reportedly still speak Riang. Most of the other Riang people in Bangladesh now speak a form of Chakma as their mother tongue. Still, it is uncommon for Tripura and Chakma to marry each other, indicating that there is still a significant distinction between the two groups. In Bangladesh most Riang speakers are agriculturalists, and they practice a type of farming which is often referred to as "slash and burn" farming. They live in hilly areas and farm different hillsides on a rotational basis. Their homes are generally made of bamboo and leaves, and most of their villages do not have electricity or roads leading to them.

What are their beliefs?
The Riang generally follow the Sonaton religion, but today a significant percentage of Riang speakers in Bangladesh have become Christian. Because Riang church leaders have had minimal training, Riang Christians could benefit from a discipleship ministry. Also, the Riang in general could benefit from evangelistic and community development missions work.

What are their needs?
Because of the distance to schools and the Riang's lack of ability in Bangla the medium of education in government schools most Riang remain fairly uneducated.

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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:2,000
Largest Provinces:
Chittagong (2,000)
Total Provinces on file:1
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bru
People Name General: Bru
Alternate People Names:
RiangTikhak
Tripuri RiangTuikuk
ब्रू
ROP3 Code: 108370
Joshua Project People ID: 17966
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,000
Population all Countries: 209,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Garo-Tripuri
People Name General: Bru
Ethnic Code: MSY50s
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Language
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Primary Language: Riang (1,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ria    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tippera (300)Chittagonian (200)
Total Languages: 3
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity18.43 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism81.57 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1959-1982
New Testament:
1990
Complete Bible: 2007-2008
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Riang
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kau Bru Bible
 
 
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