Balija, Hindu in India

Population

1,511,000

Christian

0.01%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

The Balija people are exclusively Hindu and reside as an ethnic minority with only a small political voice in domestic and governmental affairs. They derive their income from a variety of sources. Some trade in bangles, pearls, and salt, while others have turned to areas of cultivation and land ownership. A few have ventured into governmental and medical services. Social life follows along lines of the strict caste system. They may marry outside the clan, but only within their caste. Generally they are not vegetarians and they are allowed to drink alcohol, two factors that indicate a low caste status. Marriages are arranged at birth, and they do not allow widows to remarry. Unlike most Western civilizations, the Balija people bury their dead in a sitting position. Today, all of the Balija people face a Christ-less eternity at the end of their life.


What are Their Beliefs?

The birth of Jesus Christ in a lonely Jewish village was largely unnoticed by society 2000 years ago. Today He is the hope of all mankind. But, for the Balija people residing in southern India and Bangladesh, His message is still not noticed.


Prayer Points

* Pray that these souls will be allowed to experience true spiritual freedom in Christ.
* Pray that neighboring Christians will take the gospel message to Balija communities



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Balija, Hindu
People Name in Country Balija, Hindu
ROP3 Code 111442
Joshua Project People ID 16312
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 1,511,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Balegara, Baliga, Bestala, Bholla, Bogam, Chetti Balija, Gajula, Gavara, Gazula, Gazula Balija, Gazut Balija, Kasban, Kasbi, Kasbin, Khelta, Mannur, Munnur, Mutrasi, Naidu, Rajamandir, Siviar, Thogra, Vaduga, Vaidu, Valia, Varala,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 748,940 Kannada 654,265 Tamil 80,015 Oriya 34,830
Tulu 3,410 Gondi, Northern 2,860 Konkani 2,155 Chhattisgarhi 1,980
Konkani, Goan 1,530 Marathi 1,470 Hindi 460 Kui 160
Kurux 150
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Balija, Hindu
Ethnic Code AUG06b
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.01%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.96%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.03%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
Photo Source: India Missions Association Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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