Bellara in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bellara only in India

Population

2,790

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Bellara are a community of basket weavers, most of whom live in India's southern state of Karnataka. At home they speak their own dialect of Kannada, the language of this state. Publically they speak standard Kannada. They eat pork, which is rare for Hindus. Some of them have received cultivable land from the Indian government for farming, but most of them remain basket weavers.


What are Their Beliefs?

Their form of Hinduism focuses on spirit worship. They also worship village and regional deities. Their priests are sometimes chosen from their own community, though they also rely on the Brahmins to perform priestly duties. There are few if any from the 2,500 Bellara people who follow the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. There are many good Christian resources in the Kannada language, but the Bellara suffer from illiteracy.


Prayer Points

* Pray for audio materials to be made widely available in Bellara communities.
* Pray for Indian believers who speak Kannada to produce skits and stories about Jesus for this Hindu community.
* Pray that soon there will be a strong fellowship of Bellara believers.

References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


People Name General Bellara
People Name in Country Bellara
Population in India 2,790
World Population 2,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Name General Bellara
Ethnic Code CNN23a
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada (2,100) Konkani, Goan (400) Tamil (100) Tulu (100)
Malayalam (70) Telugu (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kannada 2,100 Konkani, Goan 400
Tamil 100 Tulu 100
Malayalam 70 Telugu 0
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture International Bible Society
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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