Kapali in Bangladesh

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People Name: Kapali
Country: Bangladesh
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 173,000
World Population: 546,000
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 Kapali are a Hindu agricultural caste spread primarily throughout West Bengal and Bangladesh. They are reputed to have at one time been Brahmins but have lost that status in the caste system. They have traditionally been a land owning community. These Bengali speakers are evenly divided between those who live in India and those who live in Bangladesh.

Where Are they Located?

Though they don't permit divorce, marriage partners sometimes desert one another. In some cases, they allow for remarriage.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Like other Hindus, they cremate their dead. They also observe pollution rites for fifteen days. They have family deities like Lakshmi, Narayan, Monasa, Sitala, Shiva, and others. The Kapalis follow their religious traditions with great devotion and piety.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Like anyone who does not put Jesus first in their lives, the Kapali people are not living the abundant life Christ offers in John 10:10. They need intercessors and Christ bearers to go to them.

Prayer Points

Pray for those the Lord will soon draw the Kapali people in Bangladesh to himself. Pray for God's blessing on the leaders in the Kapali people group, along with their families, and for their communities to welcome and enjoy God's provision. Pray this community will be given a hunger to know the living God, their Creator.

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