Bhunjia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhunjia only in India

Population

38,700

Christian

0.23%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

Bhunjia people are listed as a Scheduled Tribe of India. They have two major groups, namely Chokutia Bhunjia and Chinda
Bhunjia in the states of Chhatisgarh and Orissa. Both outsiders and insiders call them Bhunjia. In some villages they live with
people of other castes called Magi.


What are Their Lives Like?

Their livelihood is agriculture plus in Orissa some people are involved in animal husbandry and fishing. A few of them are
employed as teachers while others collect and sell firewood.


What are Their Beliefs?

Almost all Bhunjia (99.87% according to the census) are Hindu though they include elements of the traditional tribal religion.


What are Their Needs?

Currently, the state government of Orissa is working with about 500 Bhunjia families in community development. The literacy
rate among those families is about 35% while people not covered under this project have a lower literacy level about 19%.
Presently, Bhunjia is considered to be a dialect of Halbi [hlb].

Language development is ongoing with Halbi and it needs to be determined if Bhunjia people can use Halbi literature or if it will
be necessary to produce adaptations into their dialect. There is a definite need for language development in the Bhunjia language.
Among themselves Bhunjia people mostly speak their own vernacular rather than the language of wider communication.
Speaking a second language is very difficult for women and children.




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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 Bhunjia
People Name in Country Bhunjia
ROP3 Code 111576
Joshua Project People ID 16425
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 38,700
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bunjia,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhunjia 14,598 Hindi 8,085 Chhattisgarhi 5,868 Oriya 5,325
Marathi 1,604 Pengo 1,094 Santhali 338 Bhili 157
Gujarati 105 Bengali 83 Khandesi 81 Nimadi 65
Telugu 61 Munda 60 Korwa 48 Kharia 36
Mal Paharia 34 Ho 33 Kannada 28 Mundari 20
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Bhunjia
Ethnic Code CNN25l
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.06%
Christianity
0.23%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
98.31%
Islam
0.62%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.79%
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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