Hali in India

Joshua Project has identified the Hali only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 37,000 Hali people live in India's mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh where they engage in farm work. Either they till their own soil or they work as sharecroppers for others. Some of them are hired to remove carcasses by other communities. They are noted for being expert weavers. A few of them have been able to get a better education and rise to white collar jobs.

They get married as adults. Divorce is allowed on the grounds of adultery, maladjustment or cruelty. Unlike most other communities, if there is a divorce, the children stay with the father, not the mother. Women do all the household chores and engage in religious and political activities.

What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus get members of other communities to perform their life-cycle rituals. Exorcists come from their own community. Unlike many of the other scheduled castes, they don't speak one of India's major languages, so gospel materials are harder to come by for them.

Prayer Points

* Pray for gospel materials such as the JESUS Film to become available in a language the Hali people can understand.
* Pray for the gospel message to penetrate their hearts.
* Pray for the Lord to send dreams and visions to Hali elders and community leaders.

People Name General Hali
People Name in Country Hali
Population in India 38,000
World Population 38,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Arya, Arya Dhingra, Dhingra
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Hali
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 16902
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:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (38,000) Chandigarh (10)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (38,000) Chandigarh (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chambeali (23,000) Bhattiyali (6,100) Churahi (6,000) Kangri (1,500)
Hindi (200) Mandeali (100) Panjabi, Eastern (70) Pahari, Mahasu (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chambeali 23,000 Bhattiyali 6,100
Churahi 6,000 Kangri 1,500
Hindi 200 Mandeali 100
Panjabi, Eastern 70 Pahari, Mahasu 20
Bilaspuri 0
For Primary Language: Chambeali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1883-1979)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Chambeali Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Oral Bible stories in Chambeali Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
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 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Copyright © 2015 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.