Bhantu in India


Joshua Project has identified the Bhantu only in India

Population

24,300

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Bhantu are also known as Sahaisi or Sahasi, which means "brave."


Where are they Located?

They are found mostly in Uttar Pradesh. Between 1926 and 1928, the British took about three hundred of them from Uttar Pradesh to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Bhantu were previously thieves. They are a community that the British listed, in their Criminal Tribes Act of 1871, as criminal. The stigma stuck a century-and-a-half later – despite the Act's demise in 1952, despite being referred to officially now as a "denotified tribe." Today they work in government and other agencies. A number of them are farmers.

They speak Bhantu at home, but are also conversant with Hindi.

Brides are gained through negotiation or by courtship with a bride-price being very common.

Most of the Bhantu have no land of their own.


What are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Bhantu are Hindu. They observe all Hindu festivals and employ Brahman priests to perform their religious rites. They rarely perform ancestor worship. Shankar Bhagwan is their family deity and Sherawali Mata and Hanuman are village deities.

Some have embraced Christianity.


What are Their Needs?

Their level of literacy is high but they struggle to find work. There is a lack of higher and technical education.



Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhantu
People Name in Country Bhantu
Population in India 24,000
World Population 24,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhatu, Sahaisi, Sahasi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Bhantu
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16427
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (24,000) Uttarakhand (400) Andaman and Nicobar (300) Maharashtra (200)
Madhya Pradesh (50)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (24,000) Uttarakhand (400)
Andaman and Nicobar (300) Maharashtra (200)
Madhya Pradesh (50)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (22,000) Kanauji (1,800) Awadhi (600) Garhwali (200)
Kumaoni (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 22,000 Kanauji 1,800
Awadhi 600 Garhwali 200
Kumaoni 100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Scripture Bibles, Bible League

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.09 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Arpan Indrekar  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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