Bodo (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Bodo (Hindu traditions)
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 14,000
World Population: 1,763,700
Primary Language: Sylheti
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Bodo are a people mostly living in Assam in India, mainly in the north region of the Brahmaputra River Valley. They also live in Bangladesh and Bhutan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They have many tribes and were once dominant in Assam. The Bodo their own self-ruling state, and this has been and is causing disputes and much trouble.

The Bodo speak a Tibeto-Burmese language, and they read and write in Devanagari. They eat rice and fish and pork. They like to drink rice wine. The Bodo like to dance. The Bodo weave and make bamboo items. Many are farmers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Some of the Bodo follow Brahmoism which is a Hindu reform movement. Some of the Bodo follow Bathouism in which they worship ancestors. Bathoubwrai is the main deity in Bathouism. They believe that people come from a mixture of sky, earth, air, water and fire. They like to worship near home or in a courtyard. Betel leaves and rice are used for example as offerings. Their most important festival is called Kherai Puja and they put the altar in a rice field.

What Are Their Needs?

Pray that Christian materials such as the JESUS Film will bring many Bodo people to Jesus Christ.

Pray that the Christians among them will make disciples of other Bodo people.

Pray that the disputes and trouble regards self-governing will come to an end and there will be a fair solution.

Pray for Bodo disciples to make more disciples.

Text Source:   Joshua Project