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Map Source: People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
|Christian Adherents:||0.95 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Hindu - Mahishya|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
The Mahishya or Sadgop people are also known as Chasa or Chasi. They live in West Bengal and surrounding states. The titles they use are Sarkar, Roy, Majumdar, Biswas, Mallik, Khan, and Mandal. Sadgop have several gotras such as Sandilya, Kashyap, Bharadwaj, Moudgulya, and Alambayan. In the Varna system, they are known as Vaisyas and as the members of Nabashakha group. The name Sadgop is derived from the two Sanskrit words: 'Sad' means good and 'Gop' means milkman. They are believed to be the descendants of lord Krishna. The Sadgop are a land owning community. Agriculture is their traditional and primary occupation.
Rice and wheat are their staple food. They drink alcohol and chew tobacco locally known as Khaine and Guraku. Their mother tongue is Bengali. Family heads negotiate marriages, which are monogamous, meaning it’s one man and one woman.
Married women have a significant role to play in the ritual performances. Women worship the goddess Lakshmi daily. They propitiate Hari and Lakshmi as their family deities. Their village deities are Dharmaraj, Manasa and Shiva among others. Gaya and Vrindaban are their pilgrim centers. Durgapuja, Kalipuja and Dharmarajer are their major festivals. The Sadgop are expert in Alpana or floor painting on pujas.
The Mahishya people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Mahishya people in Bangladesh this decade. Pray for them to give up their dependence on alcohol and chewing tobacco. Pray for them to have the spiritual hunger it takes to seek and find the only savior. Pray for faithful and Holy Spirit driven workers in India and Bangladesh.