Bhulia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhulia only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bhulia are a caste of weavers who live mostly in Orissa in India. They are also known as Bholia, Bhoriya, Bholwa, Mehar and Mihir. They speak in Hindi. One legend says that the Bhulia migrated to Orissa with the first Chauhan Raja of Patna. It is thought they may belong to a north Indian caste who do not know their origin.

The Bhulia have a good position with the weaver caste. They have no sub castes. In Kalahandi one part is Sanpara Bhulias. They have two gotras (clans) who do not influence their marriages. There are several exogamous groups known as Vansa. This means they choose partners from outside their Vansa. The names of these Vansas come from villages, titles or nicknames. The territory names of the sub castes of Bhulias come from the villages where they live at the present time.

Marriage with the same exogamous group is not allowed. They have customs for their weddings. The bridegroom is expected to carry the bride seven times around the sacrificial fire in a basket. If he cannot, the grandfather of the bride carries them both. The married couple go back to the village after the wedding ceremony. Divorce is allowed and widows can marry again. The Bhulia eat meat and drink alcohol.

The Koshtas of Chhattisgarh have a sub caste called Bhoriya which is one of the alternative names of the Bhulia. The Bhulias have the same position as the Koshtas.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bhulia are Hindu by religion.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bhulia
People Name in Country Bhulia
Population in India 134,000
World Population 134,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bholia, Bholwa, Bhoriya, Bhul, Meher, Mihir
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Bhulia
Ethnic Code CNN25l
People ID 16419
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:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (112,000) Chhattisgarh (33,000) Uttar Pradesh (400) Maharashtra (100)
Delhi (90)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (112,000) Chhattisgarh (33,000)
Uttar Pradesh (400) Maharashtra (100)
Delhi (90)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Oriya (119,000) Chhattisgarhi (19,000) Hindi (4,900) Kui (800)
Munda (600) Pengo (80) Bodo Parja (70) Santhali (70)
Ho (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 119,000 Chhattisgarhi 19,000
Hindi 4,900 Kui 800
Munda 600 Pengo 80
Bodo Parja 70 Santhali 70
Ho 40

For Main Lanugage: Oriya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
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 Oriya
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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