Bharia Bhumia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bharia Bhumia only in India







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Profile Source: Joshua Project


The Bharia Bhumia is a forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribe of Madhya Pradesh. They have various clans which regulate marriage alliances. Some of these clans are Bhardia, Bijaria, Amelia, Bagothia, Pachalia, Thakaria, and Mehania. The Bharia are wage-earners, as most are landless. A part of their livelihood is derived from collecting and selling firewood. Some work as laborers for contractors, while a few work as rickshaw-pullers and errand boys. Some are engaged as sharecroppers and graziers. They worship deities like Hanuman. They also worship most of the Gond deities like Baradeo, Buradeo, and Nagbaba. Their important festivals are Holi, Diwali, Bhujalia, Akhati, Shivratri, and Rakhi. Their literacy rate is very low.

Ministry Obstacles

A low literacy rate suggests that printed presentations of the Gospel will be inadequate for the Bharia community. Stories from scripture, recordings, and videos will all be needed and useful.

Outreach Ideas

Jesus needs to be presented to them as more than just another deity in their pantheon of gods. Pray God's people will relate the story of the One who is above all.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Several in the Bharia community have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census. Please pray for teachers to be sent to these people, to help them become firmly established as followers of Jesus.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Bharia to see the importance of providing a good education for their children. They very much need to raise the literacy rate in their community, and they need to acquire skills to make them employable.

Profile Source: Joshua Project

People Name General Bharia Bhumia
People Name in Country Bharia Bhumia
Population in India 345,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhuinhar, Bhumia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bharia Bhumia
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (169,000) Bharia (135,000) Oriya (13,000) Chhattisgarhi (12,000)
Surgujia (7,300) Marathi (2,300) Sadri (2,200) Bundeli (1,800)
Gondi, Northern (1,100) Bhili (500) Santhali (400) Halbi (400)
Gujarati (400) Kurux (300) Panjabi, Eastern (300) Telugu (200)
Mundari: Bhumij (200) Korwa (100) Bengali (90) Kharia (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 169,000 Bharia 135,000
Oriya 13,000 Chhattisgarhi 12,000
Surgujia 7,300 Marathi 2,300
Sadri 2,200 Bundeli 1,800
Gondi, Northern 1,100 Bhili 500
Santhali 400 Halbi 400
Gujarati 400 Kurux 300
Panjabi, Eastern 300 Telugu 200
Mundari: Bhumij 200 Korwa 100
Bengali 90 Kharia 30
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.11%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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