Bhat (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

Bhat (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Bhat (Hindu traditions)
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,300
World Population: 1,676,300
Primary Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Bhat are known for 'phakra' (speaking poetically in praise of others). The Bhats are an offshoot of Brahmins, as their name is merely a corruption of the term Brahmin.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are mainly a landowning community. They work in temples as priests who sometimes read the Bhagat and Puranas. The Bhat shun manual work. Literacy is very low among the Bhat, particularly among women.

What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus worship Tusu and Bhadu and local deities such as Kudra.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bhat community speaks over 40 languages. Evangelistic and church planting efforts need to accommodate these language subdivisions. The low literacy rate suggests the need for oral communication of the Gospel message. Christian workers can carry the good news of Jesus to the Bhat community using gospel films and recordings in the various languages spoken by the community.

Prayer Points

There may be no followers of Christ today among the Hindu Bhat. Pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will live a life worthy of their calling in Christ. Pray also for the availability of resources such as Bibles and gospel recordings. Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Bhat families and clans into a rich experience of God's blessings. Pray each individual in the Bhat community who is capable of making a decision about Christ will be given at least one opportunity to do so. Pray the message will be in the mother tongue of the individual and will be clearly presented.

Text Source:   Joshua Project