Balija, Hindu in India


Joshua Project has identified the Balija, Hindu only in India

Population

1,675,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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


Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-06
People Name General Balija, Hindu
People Name in Country Balija, Hindu
Population in India 1,675,000
World Population 1,675,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ambiga, Balegara, Baliga, Balija Naidu, Besta, Bestala, Bestar, Bholla, Bogam, Boya Bestha, Chetti Balija, Deogarhiya Gond, Gajula, Gangemakkalu, Gavara, Gazula, Gazula Balija, Gazut Balija, Gudem Dasari, Kabbera, Kasba, Kasban, Kasbi, Kasbi Khelna, Kasbin, Khelda, Khelta, Kisbe, Mannur, Munnur, Mutrasi, Naidu, Parivara, Parivarattar, Rajamandir, Siviar, Siviyar, Thogra, Thota Balija, Toreyar, Vaduga, Vaidu, Valia, Varala, Veerasaiva Lingayat
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Balija, Hindu
Ethnic Code AUG06b
People ID 16312
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:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (944,000) Telangana (321,000) Tamil Nadu (225,000) Odisha (87,000)
Maharashtra (42,000) Chhattisgarh (34,000) Andhra Pradesh (11,000) Madhya Pradesh (5,700)
Kerala (1,700) Jharkhand (700) Delhi (500) Bihar (400)
Gujarat (300) Goa (200) Chandigarh (70) Andaman and Nicobar (40)
West Bengal (40) Dadra and Nagar Have (10) Daman and Diu (10)
Total States on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (944,000) Telangana (321,000)
Tamil Nadu (225,000) Odisha (87,000)
Maharashtra (42,000) Chhattisgarh (34,000)
Andhra Pradesh (11,000) Madhya Pradesh (5,700)
Kerala (1,700) Jharkhand (700)
Delhi (500) Bihar (400)
Gujarat (300) Goa (200)
Chandigarh (70) Andaman and Nicobar (40)
West Bengal (40) Dadra and Nagar Have (10)
Daman and Diu (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (774,000) Kannada (750,000) Tamil (78,000) Oriya (35,000)
Tulu (3,600) Konkani (2,200) Chhattisgarhi (2,000) Gondi, Northern (1,600)
Konkani, Goan (1,500) Marathi (1,500) Hindi (500) Kui (200)
Kurux (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 774,000 Kannada 750,000
Tamil 78,000 Oriya 35,000
Tulu 3,600 Konkani 2,200
Chhattisgarhi 2,000 Gondi, Northern 1,600
Konkani, Goan 1,500 Marathi 1,500
Hindi 500 Kui 200
Kurux 200

For Main Lanugage: Telugu


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Telugu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Telugu Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.03 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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