Deha in India

Joshua Project has identified the Deha only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Deha people have their own dialect of Haryanvi, the language of their native state of Haryana. Not surprisingly, the dialect is called Deha. Most of them speak this language with members of their own community, but they speak Hindi with outsiders.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally the Deha people weaved winnowing fans used to sift wheat from chaff, but today most of them sell cloth.

They marry as adults. If one spouse dies, their widow or widower can marry the deceased's sibling. For some reason divorce has become more common among the Deha people since India's independence in 1947.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The 21,000 Deha people are Hindus who worship Kali, the goddess of destruction along with regional deities. Instead of relying on the priestly Brahmins, they have their own sacred specialists to perform ceremonies.

What Are Their Needs?

The Deha people have a low literacy rate even for a scheduled caste.

Prayer Points

Pray for followers of Christ to help the Deha people with literacy and economic development. Pray that they will soon give praise and worship to the King. Pray for a spiritual openness to the ways of Christ.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-19
Video Links:
A Pilgrimage
People Name General Deha
People Name in Country Deha
Population in India 22,000
World Population 22,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Balmiki, Bangale, Bangali, Chhajwale, Chuhra, Dahe, Daiya, Dea, Dhaya, Dhea, Dheya, Sajghare
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Deha
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 16685
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)
Haryana (13,000) Punjab (8,800) Chandigarh (100) Himachal Pradesh (100)
Mizoram (70)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (13,000) Punjab (8,800)
Chandigarh (100) Himachal Pradesh (100)
Mizoram (70)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (11,000) Panjabi, Eastern (9,300) Haryanvi (1,700) Bagri (200)
Pahari, Mahasu (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 11,000 Panjabi, Eastern 9,300
Haryanvi 1,700 Bagri 200
Pahari, Mahasu 20
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
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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