Bagdi (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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Introduction / History

The majority of Bagdi's three million people live in West Bengal, though some live further east in Bangladesh. There are 14 Bagdi sub-groups which are even further subdivided.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of them live by fishing and making fish nets. Some work as agricultural and masonry laborers. Few of them get more than a couple of years of education. However, some are beginning to advance in areas of economics and politics. The practice of Hinduism is a central part of their lives, which involves all rituals associated with birth, marriage and death. There are almost no known believers among the Bagdi people. The Bagdi peoples are very complicated. Though they are from a lower class, many in India believe that the Baghis are the descendants of a union between a Kshatriaya father and a Vaishya mother, both of which are forward castes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bagdi people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They 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 like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins. Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bagdi people have few opportunities to hear that Jesus Christ came to save sinners. They need anointed workers!


Prayer Points

Pray that Bagdis will embrace salvation found in Jesus.
Pray that soon the Bagdi people will embrace the One whose fishermen disciples became fishers of men for the Almighty One.
Pray that Bengali believers will reach out to these Hindus.


Scripture Prayers for the Bagdi (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bagdi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bagdi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation bahng-ah-DEE
Alternate Names Bagadi; Bagri; Bakti; Bangti; Bargakshatriya; Bogada; Byagra Kshatriya; Byagrakshatriya; Duley; Malia Bagdi; Mete; बागदी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 86,000
Population all Countries 3,545,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 16281
ROP3 Code 111406
ROP25 Code 300678
ROP25 Name Bagdi
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Khulna
51,000
Dhaka
18,000
Rajshahi
12,000
Rangpur
3,400
Chittagong
600
Barisal
200
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Khulna 51,000
  Dhaka 18,000
  Rajshahi 12,000
  Rangpur 3,400
  Chittagong 600
  Barisal 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.31 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.69 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Bengali (84,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
300
Sylheti
200
Primary Language Bengali (84,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 300
  Sylheti 200
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  (1809-2022)
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