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 148,000
World Population 148,000
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 (114,000) Chhattisgarh (33,000) Uttar Pradesh (400) Maharashtra (100)
Delhi (90)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (114,000) 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 Primary Language: Oriya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Oriya Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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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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