Birjia in India



Population

16,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


A Pilgrimage

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Introduction / History

"Oh, this hand of mine!" said the young Birjia woman. She went on to explain in a matter of fact way, tenderly lifting her limply hanging left hand with the right one: "Last year I met with an accident and broke this hand. I don’t have enough money to go to the town hospital. Initially there was pain, but now, not much, and I got used to working with one hand. You see, as well as that my husband passed away a few months ago, and I’m earning for the whole family." This Birjia woman, not in a position to afford medical treatment for her broken hand, had managed to live with it!


Where Are they Located?

Birjia, or Birgia, people are also known as the Bijori. They number about 5,500 and live mainly in Jharkahand, and some parts of Chhattisgarh. They basically live in the interior of the forests and do not have proper access to the outside world; as a result they lack education and proper medical facilities. Their forest territory is inhabited by a lot of wild animals. The wild animals constantly pose a threat to their crops and their lives.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Despite such a small population of Birjia, there are about 1000 Christians, the reason being their receptivity to the Gospel message. There are more than 10 churches, which include house churches. It is good to see some Birjia Christians working as pastors, reaching their own people with the Good News. There are also some cross-cultural evangelists. The people are very positive towards any Christian activity. One Birjia Christian is very interested in translating God’s Word into his mother tongue. These people are in need of education, medical help and community development. A strong Birjia Christian community would be established only if God’s Word is given to them in the language they can best understand - Birjia.


What Are Their Needs?

Birjia people are economically very poor; most of them still depend on forest products for their livelihood now. They are short-statured and not very healthy, due to malnutrition. The literacy rate is also very low among them. However the people are very good-natured, and are happy to see outsiders. They warmly welcome even a stranger, and offer to help in every possible way.


Prayer Points

* The often neglected Birjia people to be given benefits from the government.
* Christian workers to go as educationalists, medical workers, Bible translators and literacy workers.
* The growing number of Birjia Christians to be rooted in God’s Word.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Birjia
People Name in Country Birjia
Population in India 16,000
World Population 16,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Birjia
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16463
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jharkhand (7,300) Odisha (3,600) Bihar (2,400) West Bengal (1,900)
Assam (400) Maharashtra (400) Tripura (10)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jharkhand (7,300) Odisha (3,600)
Bihar (2,400) West Bengal (1,900)
Assam (400) Maharashtra (400)
Tripura (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  21  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (5,100) Bijori (3,600) Oriya (1,400) Bengali (700)
Bhojpuri (500) Munda (300) Assamese (200) Santhali (200)
Bodo (60) Mundari (50) Kharia (30) Urdu (20)
Ho (20) Marathi Garo Kurux
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Adi Mal Paharia Nepali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 5,100 Bijori 3,600
Oriya 1,400 Bengali 700
Bhojpuri 500 Munda 300
Assamese 200 Santhali 200
Bodo 60 Mundari 50
Kharia 30 Urdu 20
Ho 20 Marathi 10
Garo 10 Kurux 10
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken 0 Adi 0
Mal Paharia 0 Nepali 0

For Main Lanugage: 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) 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
Buddhism
0.08 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
10.39 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
82.92 %
Islam
0.17 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
Unknown
6.38 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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