Rajbansi Khen (Muslim traditions) in India

Rajbansi Khen (Muslim traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Rajbansi Khen (Muslim traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 100
World Population: 100
Primary Language: Bengali
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Rajbansis are one of the Khen peoples who originated in what is now northern Bangladesh. In the 15th century, they were the rulers of the Kamarupa Kingdom. Today they are regarded as a low status scheduled caste in Hindu society. Rajbansi means "of royal blood" or "descendant of the king." They are also known as the Koch people. Ethnically, they are more related to the Tibetans than they are to people in the Bengali speaking parts of South Asia.

Where Are they Located?

In India, the Rajbansi Khen are located in the states of West Bengal and Assam. Most of them live in Bangladesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most are now farmers though there are carpenters, blacksmiths, and traders among them. They claim Kshatrya status, but most Hindu communities put them in the category of the less prestigious scheduled castes because of their tribal background.

They weave their own clothes. The Rajbansi Khen people eat chicken, fish, mutton and lamb. Like most rural peoples in South Asia, their staple foods include rice and lentils.

Music is an important part of their culture. They have their own music which often entails stringed instruments, bells, and various drums.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hindu religious system has not been good to them. They were assigned a much lower status than they believe they should have. This might be the reason that some have converted to Islam. As Muslims, they believe in one God, Allah, and that Mohammed was his prophet. The devout fast during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and pray five times a day facing Mecca. Those who have the means make a pilgrimage to Mecca, which enhances their status among other Muslims. Like other Muslim people groups in this part of the world, some Hindu beliefs have remained with them.

What Are Their Needs?

The Rajbansi Khen people need to put their identity in Jesus Christ rather than their past accomplishments. Their future lies with the Savior!

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give Rajbansi Khen Muslims teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit that will bring entire Rajbansi Khen families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
* Pray for Rajbansi Khen families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Rajbansi Khen family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Text Source:   Keith Carey