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Bangali (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

Bangali (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
30,000 Maithili Hinduism 0.54 % Unknown   

Bangali (Hindu traditions) in Nepal

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Introduction / History
The Bangali are a semi-nomadic tribal people who live in north India and Nepal. They are distinct from the large Bengali people who live in northeast India and Bangladesh.

The Bangali make their living by charming snakes, working as landless farm workers, in animal husbandry and by gathering forest products like roots. The Nepali government has made an effort to stop their wandering ways and make them live in fixed villages. Most Bangali cannot read or write. They are among the poorest peoples of Nepal.

The main language of the Bangali is Maithili Smaller groups speak Bengali and Nepali.

Where are they located?
Most Bangali live in north India and the Nepali states of Kosi, Mechi, Bagmati and Lumbini.

What are their lives like?
The Bangali live a subsistence existence in Nepali. They travel from place to place raising their animals and trying to find day labor jobs so they can feed their families.

They sell their animals to buy food and other necessary items. They live in portable huts made of reeds and mud.

The Bangali marry within their group. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit what little property the father possesses. Since their traditional occupation of snake charming is disappearing more and more Bangali are working as day agricultural laborers. If these jobs are few, the Bangali face the prospect of starvation.

The Nepali government disapproves of their hunting animals and gathering products from the forest so that source of food is almost gone.

Caste councils settle legal disputes and promote their interests with outsiders.

The Bangali are not vegetarians but will not eat beef. Meat is normally reserved for holidays. The main foods of the Bangali are rice, wheat, lentils and vegetables.

What are their beliefs?
The Nepali Bangali practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of the Indian subcontinent. They mix their Hindu faith with folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Each clan may have their patron deities. 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 Bangali visit Hindu temples and shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Bangali people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Bangali have tremendous spiritual and physical needs. They need help in establishing permanent villages. They need help in learning new job skills and in educating their children. They would benefit by having access to clean water, electricity and modern medical care. Most of all the Bangali need to hear about Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray that the Bangali caste councils and leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead their families to Christ.
Pray that God will give them a distain for their Hindu gods and a strong desire to know the Triune God of the Bible.
Pray that God will send them believers who can help them escape their spiritual and physical poverty.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:48 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:30,000
Largest Provinces:
Kosi (6,900)Mechi (4,700)
Lumbini (4,000)Bagmati (4,000)
Narayani (3,100)Sagarmatha (2,000)
Bheri (1,600)Janakpur (1,300)
Seti (900)Gandaki (500)
Location in Country:Mechi Zone, Jhapa District; Koshi Zone, Morang and Sunsari districts; Sagarmatha Zone, Saptari District.
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People Name in Country: Bangali (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Bangali (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Joginath. SinghiwalaSinghiwala
बंगाली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111656
Joshua Project People ID: 16487
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 30,000
Population all Countries: 117,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Bangali (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Maithili (14,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mai    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (7,800)Nepali (3,700)
Angika (200)Dotyali (70)
Rangpuri (30)Assamese (30)
Total Languages: 7
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.54 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.42 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.04 % 
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: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Maithili
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