Deha in India

Joshua Project has identified the Deha only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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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
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 (8,700) Chandigarh (100) Himachal Pradesh (100)
Mizoram (70)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (13,000) Punjab (8,700)
Chandigarh (100) Himachal Pradesh (100)
Mizoram (70)

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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 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
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
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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