Namassej (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 18 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Chasa 254,000
Kora 193,000
Nunia 193,000
Ganrar 15,000
Abasan 14,000
Poddar 8,800
Das Unknown
Choddoana Unknown
Dhami Nama Unknown
Jien Nama Unknown

Introduction / History

The Namassej are like many population groups of Bengal; they were made outcastes during the Sen Dynasty due to their defiant nature. They were hunted to southern swamps until the Europeans came. The Namassej started migrating to the central part of Bengal. The caste system which ostracizes them also to some extent protects them from mixing with other peoples. The Namassej identify themselves by their mythical clan Rishi Buddhas. They were named Namsudra during British Regime and the use of the sanction term "Chandala" was restricted by an Official Order of British-India Government. Now the community have gained acknowledgement by the name "Namassej" after the Namas Rishi, son of the great clan Rishi Buddha Kashyapa. The Namssej are found all over West Bengal, northeast Indian states and to some extent all over India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today they are more or less accepted, particularly among other uprooted Bengali Hindu settlements. Their cultural life is very much like an average Bengali. They are hard-working, very lively, enthusiastic, and conscious of their own identity. They are also honest, but after the division of India there has been a deterioration in their community. Their economic condition is very poor. Their literacy rate is average. The number of people with higher education is low. They are engaged in all kinds of professions but those living in villages are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. A small number of their population is working for the government or for private companies.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Namssej practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Their type of Hinduism 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 Namssej visit Hindu shrine 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 as Christians do. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Namssej 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 caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system. The Namassej are viewed as Dalits.


What Are Their Needs?

Their basic need is for economic restoration and socio-political rehabilitation. After independence in 1947 this community has lived as uprooted refugees. A large section of this community is living below the poverty line, lacking all kinds of infrastructural facilities such as water and electricity. They need jobs and social acceptance. Most of all need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and bring them spiritual riches.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Namassej (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray that each Namassej person has the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that he or she can understand. * Ask the Lord to send workers to the Namassej to tell them about Jesus. * Pray for the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the Namassej in this decade.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-18
People Name General Namassej (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Namassej (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 4,712,000
Population all Countries 8,024,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 94
Alternate Names Canana; Chanao; Chandal; Chandel; Chanral; Chattri; Khanda-Khatriya; Nama; Namassut; Namasud; Namo; Verhudti; नमास्सेज
People ID 17756
ROP3 Code 113215
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Dalit - Namassej
People Group Namassej (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 18 (only 15 largest shown)
  Chasa 254,000
  Kora 193,000
  Nunia 193,000
  Ganrar 15,000
  Abasan 14,000
  Poddar 8,800
  Das 80
  Choddoana 0
  Dhami Nama 0
  Jien Nama 0
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 33
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
3,510,000
Assam
631,000
Tripura
216,000
Odisha
153,000
Bihar
82,000
Jharkhand
16,000
Andaman and Nicobar
11,000
Nagaland
10,000
Chhattisgarh
7,000
Maharashtra
6,800
Uttar Pradesh
4,700
Manipur
3,700
Madhya Pradesh
3,400
Meghalaya
3,400
Arunachal Pradesh
2,800
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 33  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 3,510,000
  Assam 631,000
  Tripura 216,000
  Odisha 153,000
  Bihar 82,000
  Jharkhand 16,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 11,000
  Nagaland 10,000
  Chhattisgarh 7,000
  Maharashtra 6,800
  Uttar Pradesh 4,700
  Manipur 3,700
  Madhya Pradesh 3,400
  Meghalaya 3,400
  Arunachal Pradesh 2,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (3,733,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Assamese
498,000
Hindi
263,000
Odia
132,000
Maithili
33,000
Sadri
33,000
Amri Karbi
11,000
Kok Borok
6,800
Andaman Hindi Creole
1,000
Kurux
900
Santhali
700
Mundari
600
Magahi
600
Bhojpuri
400
Kui
300
Kuvi
200
Primary Language Bengali (3,733,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Assamese 498,000
  Hindi 263,000
  Odia 132,000
  Maithili 33,000
  Sadri 33,000
  Amri Karbi 11,000
  Kok Borok 6,800
  Andaman Hindi Creole 1,000
  Kurux 900
  Santhali 700
  Mundari 600
  Magahi 600
  Bhojpuri 400
  Kui 300
  Kuvi 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  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 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 Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.48 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.46 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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