Introduction / History
The Balahi are a Scheduled Caste in India. Their name means 'messenger' in Hindi. They are mainly Hindus though there are a few Muslims. They are also called Balai.
The Balahi in Madhya Pradesh eat cereals such as wheat. They are weavers by tradition but now tend to be agricultural laborers. They speak Hindi and read and write Devanagari.
In Rajasthan, the Balahi speak Mewari and Hindi. They use Devanagari. They eat eggs, fish, chicken and pork.
In Maharashtra, the Balahi speak Marathi and they too use Devanagari for reading and writing. They are not vegetarians but they do not eat beef and pork. They have different types of work. Some are carpenters.
In Delhi, the Balahi speak Rajasthani and Hindi. They work for the government and some work privately. Some are plumbers.
The Balahi in Uttar Pradesh speak in Hindi. They are mainly landless. Some work as industrial laborers. Women do housework.
The Balahi generally have a low literacy level so the gospel needs also to be given in oral form.
* Pray that God will give the Balahi dreams and visions leading them to salvation.
* Pray that gospel materials will bring them to Jesus Christ.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
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