Lohar (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh


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Introduction

The term Lohar is derived from the Sanskrit word lauha-kara, meaning an ironworker. They have traditionally been a nomadic group, traveling and living in carts. They have at least two endogamous (marry within) subgroups, Gadiwala and Padawala. Each of these subgroups has a number of clans. The Lohar attribute their origins to the god Vishwakarma, who gave them their blacksmithing skills and whom they worship. Their chief deity is Kalkamata, and they also worship Sitalamata and Ram Dev as regional deities. Sacred specialists are engaged from the Brahmin community. They tend to be fervent Hindus.


Ministry Obstacles

This large people group is spread throughout most all of South Asia, is somewhat nomadic, and speaks several languages. Many Christian workers and many initiatives will be required to communicate the message of Christ adequately to these people.


Outreach Ideas

The Lord can raise up the resources needed to reach the Lohar, and we need to pray he will do that. The task is too large for men alone.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

This people group lives throughout South Asia, and only in Nepal have a few Lohar identified themselves as Christians. Please pray for these Lohar Christians to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer, sharing with God's people who are in need, and practicing hospitality.


Pray for the Entire People Group

A nomadic group such as the Lohar find it very difficult to properly educate their children, and often have little access to medical care. Please pray these problems can somehow be remedied.


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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Lohar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Lohar (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation LOW-har
World Population 9,779,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Ahangar, Barhi, Battarha, Dodai, Dodo, Kamar, Kammara, Khar, Lohandia, Lohar, Loharia, Lohura, Lonar, Luhar, Luhara, Luharani, Mistri, Mistry, Nar, Ojali, Ojula, Ozulu, Panchal, Raj, Raj Mistri, Ramgarhia, Sandhan, Sejwani, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Silpkar, Sree Panchal, Sri Panchal, Thawai, Vishwakama, Vishwakarma, Viswabrahma, Viswakarma, Vojali, लोहार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17379
ROP3 Code 112774
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
Dhaka
64,000
Rajshahi
34,000
Khulna
28,000
Chittagong
24,000
Rangpur
22,000
Barisal
17,000
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
  Dhaka 64,000
  Rajshahi 34,000
  Khulna 28,000
  Chittagong 24,000
  Rangpur 22,000
  Barisal 17,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (162,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
6,800
Sylheti
300
Tippera
Primary Language Bengali (162,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 6,800
  Sylheti 300
  Tippera
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 Copyrighted © 2019  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.