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Hajang Banai in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.99 % Unknown   

Hajang Banai in India

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Introduction / History
The Hajang are an indigenous people who live in the northeast Indian states of Megahalaya and Assam and in the country of Bangladesh. Their primary occupation is agriculture along with hunting, fishing and weaving. When Muslim armies invaded northeast India, many Hajang left their villages and migrated east to the forests and hills to try to escape the Muslims. The Hajang are classified a Scheduled Caste so they are eligible for public jobs and special university admissions. Most Hajang are illiterate or functionally illiterate.

The primary language of the Hajang is Bengali. Many also speak Assamese. Many Christian resources are available in both languages.

Where are they located?
The Hajang Banai live in northeast India and Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
The main crop of the Hajang farmers is rice. They also grow potatoes, millet, lentils, wheat, and vegetables in small plots of land they own. Many Hajang also raise goats, buffalos, pigs and chickens.

The Hajang marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange most marriages with the groom's family paying a bride price to her family. The Hajang women weave blankets and make embroidered clothing, which they sell at weekly markets. Village elders settle legal issues and deal with outsiders. Most Hajang villages are without electricity and indoor plumbing.

What are their beliefs?
The Hajang practice folk religion and Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. The Goddess Banai is one of the wives of Shiva who gets special devotion from the Hajang. 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 Hajang visit Hindu shrines 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 like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Hajang people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama.

What are their needs?
Solar panels could help bring electricity to Hajang villages. The Hajang would benefit by the introduction of modern medicine. The Hajang need help in educating their children. Most of all, the Hajang need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ who alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.

Prayer Points
* Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Hajang households.
* Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His Gospel among the Hajang people.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Hajang people love for God's Word and a desire to spread its influence.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:5,000
Largest States:
Meghalaya (4,600)Assam (400)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
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People Name in Country: Hajang Banai
People Name General: Hajang Banai
Alternate People Names:
हजंग बनाई
ROP3 Code: 117959
Joshua Project People ID: 21138
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,000
Population all Countries: 5,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Hajang Banai
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bengali (3,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Assamese (600)Hajong (300)
Hindi (200)Garo (10)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.99 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.82 % 
Islam0.18 % 
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: 1832-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Bangla Version (F ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Mussolmani Versio ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament- Common Version (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkad ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Standard Bangla Common Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: কিতাবুল মোক ...
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Bengali)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Hajang Banai in India

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      Hajang Banai India    
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