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Tiyar in Bangladesh


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
53,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Tiyar in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
The Tiyar are a group of people who live in India and Bangladesh. Tiyar comes from the word for hunter in Sanskrit. The Tiyar were traditionally hunters in the forests of the ancient Indian subcontinent. With the forests mostly gone, the Tiyar work in the fishing industry and as landless agricultural laborers. Most Tiyar live in rural villages without electricity, access to clean water and indoor plumbing. Illiteracy is a problem among the Tiyar. The Bangladeshi government is working to improve the living conditions of the Tiyar.

The primary language of the Tiyar is Bengali.

Where are they located?
The largest groups of Tiyar live in the Bangladeshi states of Dhaka, Khulna and Rajshahi. Smaller groups live in other Bangladeshi states. A large population of Tiyar lives in India.

What are their lives like?
The lives of the Tiyar are challenging. When fishing is good they make enough money to feed their families. When fishing is not good, they suffer great need.

The landless farm workers are often dependent on the landowners they labor for and the weather.

The Tiyar marry within their caste but not within their gotra or clan. They hire Brahmin priests to officiate at their life ceremonies. Families arrange marriages with the newly married couple living near or with the groom's parents. Sons inherit their father's property. Caste associations promote their interests and settle legal disputes.

The main foods of the Tiyar are fish, rice, vegetables, fruit and other grains. They do not eat beef, as is the custom of Hindus.

What are their beliefs?
The Tiyar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 Tiyar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. Their villages often have their own protector god or goddess.

The main yearly holidays of the Tiyar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.

What are their needs?
The Tiyar of Bangladesh have pressing needs. They need help in educating their children. They need electricity, clean water and indoor plumbing in their villages. Most of all they need to hear and respond to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ that alone can forgive their sins.

Prayer Points
Ask God to send Christian workers to share the good news of Christ with the Tiyar.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those ministering to the Tiyar people.
Pray the Lord will start a movement of Tiyar families experiencing God's blessings
Pray the Spirit leads the Tiyar away from Hinduism into knowledge of the Bible and Jesus Christ.


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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:53,000
Largest Provinces:
Dhaka (36,000)Khulna (7,800)
Rajshahi (5,400)Rangpur (1,800)
Chittagong (400)Barisal (300)
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People Name in Country: Tiyar
People Name General: Tiyar
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113784
Joshua Project People ID: 18252
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 53,000
Population all Countries: 642,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Tiyar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Bengali (53,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (300)
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
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Bible Portions: 1800-1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1809-2022
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Tiyar in Bangladesh

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Tiyar Bangladesh    
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