Bansi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bansi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bansi people are also known as the Dhadhi people. They live in India's northern, mountainous Himachal Pradesh state. Their language is called Chambiali which is related to that of the Western Pahari people. Among themselves they speak their own language, but when they speak with outsiders they use Hindi, the trade language of many of India's northern states.

The Bansi people are trying to merge their identity with more powerful and numerous groups like the Halis, Chanals and Sanhais. In the process, they have allowed intermarriage with these groups. They have traditional, conservative views about life. For example, they are more likely to allow their boys than their girls to get an education. Like their ancestors from hundreds of years ago, they depend on rainwater for irrigation.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Hindu Bansi people will open their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ.

People Name General Bansi
People Name in Country Bansi
Population in India 1,300
World Population 1,300
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baisi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Bansi
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 16322
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:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (1,300)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (1,300)

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chambeali (900) Bhattiyali (100) Hindi (100) Churahi (90)
Pahari, Mahasu (20) Bilaspuri Mandeali Kangri
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chambeali 900 Bhattiyali 100
Hindi 100 Churahi 90
Pahari, Mahasu 20 Bilaspuri 10
Mandeali 10 Kangri 10
For Primary Language: Chambeali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1883-1979)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Chambeali Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Oral Bible stories in Chambeali Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
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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