Bhantu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhantu only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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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 Brahmin 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 25,000
World Population 25,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached 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 21  (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
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.09 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.91 %
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 %
Photo Source: Arpan Indrekar  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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