Bhuinmali in Bangladesh

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People Name: Bhuinmali
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 99,000
World Population: 288,000
Primary Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.42 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

If I had such a beautiful woman in my house, I would cheerfully perform the most menial offices for her. This was definitely the wrong thing to say at the wrong time. This wise-crack was supposedly uttered by a Bhuimali man who was attending a feast hosted by Parvati, the beautiful wife of the Hindu god Siva. Impressed by her beauty and grace, he made this remark, and incurred the wrath of her husband, who is also the Hindu god of destruction. Siva gave this Bhuimali man a beautiful wife and made him spend his days as her sweeper. Becoming a sweeper meant that the Bhuimali people were demoted, so to speak, from the low caste Sudras, to being outside the caste system. That is their traditional explanation for why they are now a scheduled caste.

They are from the Bengali cluster of people groups. Most of them live in India's West Bengal state, though others live scattered throughout the smaller northeastern states. A smaller number live in Bangladesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bhuimalis are mainly a landless agricultural group, though some work for government agencies.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bhuimali people are Hindus who focus their worship on Hindu gods. Surprisingly, Siva is still one of the gods they worship. Local priests perform rituals and sacrifices for them.

What Are Their Needs?

Like most low status peoples in Hindu communities, the Bhuimalis need better opportunities to take on high paying jobs. In Bangladesh, they have the additional disadvantage of not being part of the Muslim majority.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to the Bhuimalis and give them the understanding that they have the dignity of being created in the image of God.
Pray that they will soon worship the God of Creation only and put their full trust in Jesus Christ.
Pray for Bhuimali disciples who will make more disciples.

Text Source:   Joshua Project