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Bhuiya Ghatwar in Bangladesh

Bhuiya Ghatwar

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,600 Bengali Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bhuiya Ghatwar in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
The Ghatwar Bhuiya are a Hindu agricultural people who live in the northeastern Indian states of Jharkhand, West Bengal and Bihar. A much smaller population lives in Bangladesh. Their name means "owner of soil." At one time they were nomadic hunter-gatherers but now they are settled agricultural workers. Ironically unlike their name meaning, most Ghatwar are now landless. They toil in fields owned by other higher castes. The Bhuiyas include six subgroups, one of which is the Ghatwar. The primary language of the Bangladeshi Ghatwar is Bengali.

What are their lives like?
The majority of the Ghatwar are landless farm workers. In urban areas some Ghatwar work as day laborers in construction and in factories. They are not vegetarians but as poor Bangladeshi most of their diet is composed of plants since meat is costly. As Hindus they will not eat beef.

The Ghatwar marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is theirs regular practice. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Young people often marry in their teens. Sons inherit property upon their father's death. A caste council settles legal disputes and promotes their interests.

What are their beliefs?
The Bangladeshi Ghatwar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Their Hinduism is influenced by animism. 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 Ghatwar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Ghatwar people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Ghatwar fit into the working caste.

What are their needs?
The Ghatwar Bhuiya people need to accept the abundant life offered only by Jesus Christ. They need to learn new job skills to improve their place in Bangladeshi society. Their children need good schools and teachers. Most of all the Ghatwar must hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them the hope of eternal life.

Prayer Points
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead the Ghatwar to seek and find Christ.

Pray that gospel recordings and other Christian resources will provide them with the means to begin an unstoppable disciple making movement to Christ.

Pray that they will be lifted up in prayer by many in the family of God.

Pray that Bangladeshi believers will go the Ghatwar and tell them about Jesus.

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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:2,600
Largest Provinces:
Khulna (1,200)Chittagong (700)
Dhaka (500)
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People Name in Country: Bhuiya Ghatwar
People Name General: Bhuiya Ghatwar
Alternate People Names:
भुईया घटवार
ROP3 Code: 117945
Joshua Project People ID: 21122
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,600
Population all Countries: 367,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Bhuiya Ghatwar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bengali (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Chittagonian (700)
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:
Complete Bible: 1809-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
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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
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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)
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Bhuiya Ghatwar in Bangladesh

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Bhuiya Ghatwar Bangladesh    
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            Bhuiya Ghatwar in Bangladesh          
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      Hinduism     Bengali  
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