Bhunjia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhunjia only in India

Population

39,000

Christian

0.23%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


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.




Profile Source: Anonymous

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Bhunjia
People Name in Country Bhunjia
Population in India 39,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bunjia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Bhunjia
Ethnic Code CNN25l
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhunjia 15,000 Hindi 8,100 Chhattisgarhi 5,900 Oriya 5,300
Marathi 1,600 Pengo 1,100 Santhali 300 Bhili 200
Gujarati 100 Bengali 80 Khandesi 80 Nimadi 70
Telugu 60 Munda 60 Korwa 50 Kharia 40
Mal Paharia 30 Ho 30 Kannada 30 Mundari 20
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhunjia 15,000 Hindi 8,100
Chhattisgarhi 5,900 Oriya 5,300
Marathi 1,600 Pengo 1,100
Santhali 300 Bhili 200
Gujarati 100 Bengali 80
Khandesi 80 Nimadi 70
Telugu 60 Munda 60
Korwa 50 Kharia 40
Mal Paharia 30 Ho 30
Kannada 30 Mundari 20
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
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%
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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