Rajbansi (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Rajbanshi are an agricultural, indigenous people who live in India and Bangladesh. Smaller groups of Rajbanshi live in Nepal and Bhutan. The Rajbanshi claim to be descendants of the kings of the Koch Dynasty that ruled Bengali lands in the 16th century.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The primary languages of the Rajbanshi are Bengali, Rangpuri and Hindi. Many of the Rajbanshi are unable to read and write. Their culture is passed on by oral tradition using songs, dances, music and poetry. Some Rajbanshi have attended universities and become leading politicians and athletes. Most Rajbanshi still live in rural villages surrounded by their farmland. Each family owns its small plot of land. Wet rice is the leading crop followed by vegetables, maize, potatoes, and wheat. Families also raise goats, chickens, sheep, and pigs for food and to sell. Fish also makes up a big part of their diet. As Hindus the Rajbanshi do not eat beef. Men and women have separate roles. The men cultivate the land and take care of the animals while the women have domestic responsibilities. Families arrange marriages with the group. Newly wedded couples live with or near the groom's parents. Sons inherit property. Village elders and priests perform important family ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. Some Rajbanshi are moving to the cities in order to obtain a better education for their children and for new economic opportunities. Urban Rajbanshi work in factories, construction and in the fishing trade.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rajbanshi practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India along with a strong element of 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 Rajbanshi visit Hindu shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. The Rajbanshi believe that spirits inhabit the objects of nature such as mountains, rivers, trees and rocks. They fear offending these spirits and perform rituals to appease them. The main yearly holidays of the Rajbanshi 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 - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. As a tribal people, the Rajbanshi are assigned low status in Hindu society.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rajbanshi need to learn new job skills and how to read and write. Their children need good schools in order to improve their place in Indian society. Most of all the Rajbanshi must hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He can free them from their fear of natural spirits and forgive their sins.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rajbansi (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray that Indian believers will befriend the Rajbanshi and tell them about the Savior. * Pray that gospel radio programs and gospel recordings will lead them to salvation. * Pray for a Holy Spirit empowered disciple making movement to Christ among them. *Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through intercession.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Rajbansi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rajbansi (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 4,951,000
Population all Countries 6,647,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 99
Alternate Names Bahey; Desi; Kocch; Koch; Konch; Paliya; Raghubansi; Rajbanshi; Rajbansim; Tajpuri; राजबांसी
People ID 14513
ROP3 Code 108268
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
3,830,000
Bihar
615,000
Assam
225,000
Jharkhand
148,000
Odisha
25,000
Andaman and Nicobar
14,000
Meghalaya
12,000
Delhi
11,000
Nagaland
11,000
Maharashtra
11,000
Arunachal Pradesh
10,000
Chhattisgarh
9,800
Uttar Pradesh
6,600
Madhya Pradesh
4,800
Manipur
4,400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 3,830,000
  Bihar 615,000
  Assam 225,000
  Jharkhand 148,000
  Odisha 25,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 14,000
  Meghalaya 12,000
  Delhi 11,000
  Nagaland 11,000
  Maharashtra 11,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 10,000
  Chhattisgarh 9,800
  Uttar Pradesh 6,600
  Madhya Pradesh 4,800
  Manipur 4,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (2,854,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Rangpuri
1,307,000
Hindi
451,000
Maithili
200,000
Assamese
75,000
Koch
21,000
Odia
12,000
Rajbanshi
7,900
Amri Karbi
2,000
Magahi
1,600
Surjapuri
1,500
Bhojpuri
1,300
Andaman Hindi Creole
1,100
Sadri
800
Santhali
600
Kurux
500
Primary Language Bengali (2,854,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Rangpuri 1,307,000
  Hindi 451,000
  Maithili 200,000
  Assamese 75,000
  Koch 21,000
  Odia 12,000
  Rajbanshi 7,900
  Amri Karbi 2,000
  Magahi 1,600
  Surjapuri 1,500
  Bhojpuri 1,300
  Andaman Hindi Creole 1,100
  Sadri 800
  Santhali 600
  Kurux 500
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.47 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.52 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2021  International Mission Board-SBC  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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