Bharia Bhumia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bharia Bhumia only in India

Population

343,000

Christian

0.11%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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.

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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 Bharia Bhumia
People Name in Country Bharia Bhumia
ROP3 Code 111491
Joshua Project People ID 16352
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 343,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bhuinhar, Bhumia,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 169,294 Bharia 134,519 Chhattisgarhi 19,040 Oriya 13,294
Marathi 2,295 Sadri 2,240 Bundeli 1,750 Gondi, Northern 1,116
Bhili 469 Santhali 440 Halbi 413 Gujarati 389
Panjabi, Eastern 262 Kurux 262 Telugu 177 Mundari: Bhumij 170
Korwa 103 Bengali 92 Kharia 32 Khandesi 28
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bharia Bhumia
Ethnic Code CNN25g
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.11%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.58%
Islam
0.03%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.28%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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