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.
Today the Kanjar people have low status. This is especially true since they are Hindus living in the Muslim country of Bangladesh.
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.
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?
* Scripture Prayers for the Kanjar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.
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.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Kanjar (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Kanjar (Hindu traditions)|
|Population this Country||800|
|Population all Countries||216,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|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)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||31 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Bengali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1801-1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|