Barman in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Barman is a surname commonly used by people in Bangladesh. It is likely of Bengali origin and is found among various communities in the country. The meaning or origin of the surname "Barman" is not clear, and there could be multiple cultural and historical references associated with it.
They officially became Hindus the in 18th century converting from their ethnic religion. In 1826, the area of Assam where the Barman live came under British control. At the time of the Partition in 1947, the Barman who lived in what is now Bangladesh migrated to Assam. They still live in Assam, but most are now in Bangladesh.
The Barman are classified as a Scheduled Tribe, which means they are eligible for public jobs and special consideration for university admissions. Unfortunately, the illiteracy rate of the Barman is estimated to be 97%.
In India they mainly speak Dimasa, but those in Bangladesh speak Bengali like the majority of the people in that country.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Barman work as sharecroppers on others' land. Sharecroppers get a small percentage of the produce while the rest goes to the landowner. The Barman grow rice, wheat, vegetables, beans, mustard, potatoes, mangos, betel nut, and coconuts. Betel nut is a mild stimulant used in south Asia. The Barman make and sell bamboo items for cash. These include pipes for smoking, fishing poles, mats, and furniture. Some Barda men work in the construction trades and logging.
The Barman marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages. The newly married couples often live with or near the groom's parents.
Each Barman village has a chief or matbar. He settles legal disputes, and no community activity can take place without his permission.
The Barman have their traditional costumes, music and dances, which they employ during holiday and family ceremonies. They perform a dance called meshak during festivals and holidays.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Barman practice a form of Hinduism that is heavily influenced by folk religion. 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 Barman 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 Barman 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 Barman also worship their tribal deities and have their own holidays.
The Barman believe that evil spirits inhabit the forces of nature. These spirits and ancestors must be appeased through offering, rituals and prayers.


What Are Their Needs?

Solar panels can bring electricity to Barman villages. The Barman need help in educating their children. The adults need to learn how to read and write so they can better participate in Bangladesh's economy. The Barman would benefit with access to modern medicine. Most of all, the Barman need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

Pray for loving gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Barman people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of these people would be open and ready to follow him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Barman people to become fruitful so others will be drawn to Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Barman in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Barman
People Name in Country Barman
Alternate Names Bodo Kacari; Boro; Dimacha; Kachari; Kachari Barman; बर्मन
Population this Country 74,000
Population all Countries 82,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16337
ROP3 Code 111473
ROP25 Code 303448
ROP25 Name Kachari
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
Rajshahi
30,000
Dhaka
24,000
Sylhet
13,000
Rangpur
3,400
Chittagong
2,200
Khulna
2,100
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
  Rajshahi 30,000
  Dhaka 24,000
  Sylhet 13,000
  Rangpur 3,400
  Chittagong 2,200
  Khulna 2,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.72 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
90.31 %
Islam
0.32 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
8.65 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Bengali (70,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Dimasa
9,600
Primary Language Bengali (70,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Dimasa 9,600
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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