Kasar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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Introduction / History

The traditional occupation of the Kasar or Tambat people is the production and sale of copper and brass items. Tambat in Marathi means copper. Some Kasar claim Kshatriya level, the second highest caste in Hinduism. In some areas they are seen as merchants, workers or even Dalits. Originally, all Kasar were Hindus. Some Kasar converted to Islam during the time of the Moguls.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Kasar people live in India, though a smaller number live in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The Bangladeshi Kasar mostly reside in the states of Dhaka and Rangpur. The primary language of the Bangladeshi Kasar is Bengali.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The economic position of the Kasar varies widely. Some are wealthy factory owners. These factories used modern machinery to make metal vessels, Hindu idols, utensils, bangles (rigid bracelets) and musical instruments. Other Kasar shape metals items like their ancestors did using ancient techniques. One of their specialties is using a hard form of brass called bell metal. They shape bell metal into polished bells and cymbals. The price of copper has skyrocketed in recent years due to it value in electrical wire. Some Kasar have had to leave the metal working profession and find new employment in agriculture and manufacturing.

Literacy is an issue among the Kasar. Only about 70% of the Kasar population can read and write. The Bangladeshi government is working to raise those numbers among all her people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kasar practice Hinduism influenced by folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Kali, the goddess of sexuality and death, is their patron deity. They also worship Vishnu and his avatars Rama and Krishna.

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 Kasar visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Kasar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn, and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kasar of Sri Lanka need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need help in educating their children and learning new jobs skills as their ancient profession is vanishing. The Kasar need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out among them in practical ways.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kasar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh.

* Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Kasar people in Bangladesh to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
* Pray that strong movements to Jesus will bring whole Kasar families into rich experiences of God's blessings.
* Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing the spread of His Gospel among the Kasar people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17110/IN
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twashta Kasar
http://indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Kasar
http://twashtakasartambat.blogspot.com/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kasar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Kasar (Hindu traditions)
World Population 669,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Achari, Balagara, Balegara, Bogam, Bogar, Bogara Jaen, Bogara Jain, Jamera, Kanchara, Kanchari, Kanchera, Kanchigar, Kanchori, Kanchugar, Kanchugara, Kancugara, Kangsbanik, Kanisan, Kannar, Kansai, Kansar, Kansara, Kansari, Kanskar, Kasera, Katansar, Katesan, Katesar, Kesara Jain, Musaplu, Musarlu, Otkar, Pattamkatti, Tamar, Tambat, Tambatkar, Tamer, Tamera, Tamrakar, Tamraokar, Thathera, Thetra, Tinda, Twasta Kasar, कसर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17110
ROP3 Code 112453
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Khulna
1,800
Dhaka
1,600
Rajshahi
1,500
Chittagong
900
Barisal
600
Rangpur
500
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Khulna 1,800
  Dhaka 1,600
  Rajshahi 1,500
  Chittagong 900
  Barisal 600
  Rangpur 500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (6,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
200
Primary Language Bengali (6,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 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  (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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 Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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 %
Photo Source First Assembly of God, St. Joseph, MI 
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
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.