Bhunjia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhunjia only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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 40,000
World Population 40,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bunjia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Bhunjia
Ethnic Code CNN25l
People ID 16425
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:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chhattisgarh (18,000) Odisha (16,000) Maharashtra (4,200) Madhya Pradesh (1,900)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chhattisgarh (18,000) Odisha (16,000)
Maharashtra (4,200) Madhya Pradesh (1,900)
Languages & Dialects on file:  31  (up to 20 largest 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
For Primary Language: Bhunjia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
98.31 %
0.62 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.79 %

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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