Aheria in India

Joshua Project has identified the Aheria only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Their name means "hunter" since this was what they did traditionally. Some became farmers during the 1920s when they were forced to give up hunting, while others now live in Delhi where they sell flowers and garlands. Those who live in Delhi have access to modern medicine. Rajasthan is Aheria's original homeland.

Parents arrange marriages for their children when they are between 16-25. Like many Hindu communities, they pay the bride price in jewelry. The wedding rituals are performed at the bride's house, usually by a Brahmin.

Though the Hindu peoples have given the Aheria a "scheduled caste" status, the Aherias would still consider themselves to be Hindus. They cremate their dead and worship Hindu deities such as Jhind, Tejaji, Goraji, Hamadevji, and Hanumanji.

Aheria communities want their children to achieve a better education than previous generations. Though most don't get past secondary education, there are some Aherias who are college educated. For a scheduled caste group, the Aherias have a high literacy rate.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-19
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People Name General Aheria
People Name in Country Aheria
Population in India 163,000
World Population 163,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aheri, Aheri Rajput, Aheriya Bhil, Ahiria, Beta, Hensi, Herbi, Heri, Hersi, Hesi, Karol, Naik, Sanhai, Shikari, Thori, Turi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Aheria
Ethnic Code CNN25o
People ID 16186
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (138,000) Delhi (14,000) Rajasthan (5,500) Himachal Pradesh (3,500)
Madhya Pradesh (1,400) Haryana (200) Punjab (60) Chandigarh (10)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (138,000) Delhi (14,000)
Rajasthan (5,500) Himachal Pradesh (3,500)
Madhya Pradesh (1,400) Haryana (200)
Punjab (60) Chandigarh (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  21  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (145,000) Awadhi (4,400) Haroti: Harauti (2,100) Mandeali (1,700)
Kanauji (1,000) Bhojpuri (900) Bagri (800) Bilaspuri (600)
Kangri (500) Mewari (400) Dhundari (200) Braj Bhasha (200)
Chambeali (200) Panjabi, Eastern (100) Marwari (80) Wagdi (70)
Pahari, Kullu (60) Bengali (50) Merwari (50) Pahari, Mahasu (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 145,000 Awadhi 4,400
Haroti: Harauti 2,100 Mandeali 1,700
Kanauji 1,000 Bhojpuri 900
Bagri 800 Bilaspuri 600
Kangri 500 Mewari 400
Dhundari 200 Braj Bhasha 200
Chambeali 200 Panjabi, Eastern 100
Marwari 80 Wagdi 70
Pahari, Kullu 60 Bengali 50
Merwari 50 Pahari, Mahasu 40
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
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0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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