Halsar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Halsar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 16,000 Halsar people have traditionally made their living through two very different means: cutting sugar cane, and moving dead, decaying animals! Some of the cane materials are used for making baskets, and they sell the animal hides and fat for a profit. They have contact with other communities by selling these goods. Most are landless, and there are many day laborers among them.

This tribe traditionally spoke Tulu, but today they are probably more conversant with either Konkani or Kannada, two of the major languages of southwestern India. Both of these languages include many Christian materials. There are many Roman Catholics represented among Konkani speakers.

Like many other communities in India, the Halsar people marry only within their own community, and their marriages are monogamous. They do not marry off their children. Marriages are settled through family negotiations, and the bride price is a nominal amount of money. They do not allow for divorce, and widows and widowers can remarry.

People Name General Halsar
People Name in Country Halsar
Population in India 16,000
World Population 16,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agni Honnappana Matadavaru, Halasvar, Halsala Karnataka, Haslar, Hulasvar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Halsar
Ethnic Code CNN25d
People ID 16904
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)
Karnataka (13,000) Goa (1,300) Maharashtra (1,100) Gujarat (900)
Tamil Nadu (70)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karnataka (13,000) Goa (1,300)
Maharashtra (1,100) Gujarat (900)
Tamil Nadu (70)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Konkani (5,900) Kannada (4,300) Tulu (3,000) Konkani, Goan (1,000)
Marathi (900) Gujarati (600) Hindi Tamil
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Konkani 5,900 Kannada 4,300
Tulu 3,000 Konkani, Goan 1,000
Marathi 900 Gujarati 600
Hindi 10 Tamil 10
For Primary Language: Konkani

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1970)
New Testament Yes   (1970-2004)
Complete Bible Yes   (1997)
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Konkani Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets 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
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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