Kanjar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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Introduction / History

The Kanjar people were labeled a "criminal tribe" during colonial rule, branded as such by their South Asian countrymen, and today they have been called the "most despicable" of all the people. Kanjars earned this poor reputation among their peers by prostituting their women and engaging in a variety of other illegal and illicit activities.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Kanjar people have low status. This is especially true since they are Hindus living in the Muslim country of Bangladesh.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kanjar people in Bangladesh 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, they worship Bhavani and the goddess Prabha. They also invoke the powers of a "protector-exorcist" known as Syaanaa to keep evil spirits at bay, and regularly pay homage to their ancestors through prayer and the consumption of alcoholic beverages. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bible, audio, and visual resources exist in the Hindi language of the Kanjar people, however, they have not been exposed to them, and therefore remain unreached. Who will tell them?


Prayer Points

Pray that Kanjar people would be softened to Jesus Christ and begin to seek out the Savior honored by other people in Bangladesh. Pray for Kanjar families to turn to Christ together, be discipled, and share their eternal life knowledge with others.


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


References

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanjar
https://scroll.in/article/817821/the-language-curse-how-proud-community-names-have-been-reduced-to-insults


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kanjar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kanjar (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Baid; Bhain; Chhara; Gehar Kanjar; Ghiara; Giarah; Kachhanda; Kanchan; Kanjar; Kanjarbhat; Kanjari; Kanjhar; Kanjia; Kanjir; Kanjirbhat; Kanmaliya; Khanjarbhat; Khanjiman; Kuchbandhia; Kuchbandiya; Kunjagaru; Kuswadiya; Lahid; Lodyar; Lolyar; Marriya; Nat; Pacheya; Pachyeya; Patharkat; Patharkat Kanjar; Patharkat Kunjar; Patharkut; Patharkut Kanjar; Patharkute; Pattharchera; Pattharkat; Sanda; Sangtarash; Sirikipal; Sirkiband; Sunkar; Thawai; Uthwar; कंज़र (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 1,300
Population all Countries 257,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17081
ROP3 Code 112420
ROP25 Code 303657
ROP25 Name Kanjar
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 3
Largest States
Rajshahi
800
Dhaka
300
Rangpur
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 3
  Rajshahi 800
  Dhaka 300
  Rangpur 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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 (1,300 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (1,300 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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