Baira in India

Joshua Project has identified the Baira only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Most of the Baira people live in India's southern state of Karnataka, though a few live further south in Kerala. Since Kannada is the language of Karnataka, that is the one the Baira people use the most.

They are a rural community that has traditionally lived by hunting and gathering from the forests. Commonly their children work, which is one of the reasons for their low literacy rate. Though they like to have their sons get a formal education, their daughters usually stay at home. Most of them get married as adults.

The Baira people are Hindus who worship specific deities.

Pray that they will find Jesus to be the only one worthy of their worship and praise.

People Name General Baira
People Name in Country Baira
Population in India 12,000
World Population 12,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bailaptar, Bailkambar, Bairi, Bare, Baruri, Bhaira, Bhairavar, Biare, Bikapatar, Byadi, Shilpakar, Shilpkar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Baira
Ethnic Code CNN23a
People ID 16294
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:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (8,400) Tamil Nadu (1,800) Kerala (1,100) Uttarakhand (800)
Andhra Pradesh (80) Odisha (50) Pondicherry (40) Goa (30)
Uttar Pradesh (10)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (8,400) Tamil Nadu (1,800)
Kerala (1,100) Uttarakhand (800)
Andhra Pradesh (80) Odisha (50)
Pondicherry (40) Goa (30)
Uttar Pradesh (10)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kannada (7,000) Konkani, Goan (3,500) Kumaoni (600) Tamil (500)
Malayalam (200) Hindi (200) Tulu (30) Telugu (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 7,000 Konkani, Goan 3,500
Kumaoni 600 Tamil 500
Malayalam 200 Hindi 200
Tulu 30 Telugu 20
For Primary Language: Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kannada Film / Video
Kannada Bible stories Audio Recordings
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Kannada Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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