Kharia in India

Population

762,000

Christian

21%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

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Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar


Introduction / History

The Kharia (Lewa Kunbi) people live in the Western Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. They have gotras such as Shendilya, Kashyap and Bharadwaj. They are known as Lewa Patil.

They speak the Marathi and Telegu languages and use the Devanagari script. A few of them also speak Hindi. The incidence of colour-blindness is reported in 5 percent of the Kharia population.

The Kharia men are non-vegetarian but their women are vegetarian. Jowar is their staple cereal and they eat rice occasionally. The economy of the Lewa Kunbi is mainly based on agriculture. They either cultivate their own land or work for others on a share-cropping basis. They participate in the local weekly markets. The problem of alcoholism is prevalent among the men.

The Kharia generally follow monogamy. The women contribute to the family economy as wage earners and take part in socio-religious activities. In a marriage a series of rituals are performed simultaneously at the bride and groom's residences. Marriage rituals include the thread wearing ceremony, the exchange of garlands and circumambulating the sacred fire seven times.

The Kharia have an association, which looks after the socio-economic development of the community. They cremate the dead and observe death pollution for ten days.

The Kharia worship both family and village deities. The Brahman officiates as a priest at their rituals. Their traditional customs prevent them from exchanging water and cooked food with certain communities, such as, the Bhangi, Chamar and Mahar. Ancestor worship is also prevalent among them. Diwali is the main festival celebrated by the Lewa Kunbi.

Alternate names: Kunbi Khaire, Kunbi Lonari, Kunbi Tirole, Kunbi Hindre.


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Kharia people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* That the LKharia people may be freed from alcoholism, ancestors' worship, colour-blindness and be able to accept all the communities without caste prejudice.



Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Kharia
People Name in Country Kharia
ROP3 Code 112503
Joshua Project People ID 17153
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 762,000
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Haria, Khaire Kunbi, Kharvi, Kunbi,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kharia 313,506 Assamese 143,223 Oriya 115,832 Hindi 70,524
Bengali 67,558 Chhattisgarhi 24,894 Marathi 20,413 Santhali 3,384
Mundari 2,322 Kurux 2,317 Koda 1,808 Sadri 1,410
Ho 1,369 Panjabi, Eastern 1,227 Munda 1,073 Gujarati 1,024
Gondi, Northern 470 Monpa, Tawang 336 Chin, Falam 313 Telugu 309
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Munda-Santal
People Name General Kharia
Ethnic Code AUG04z
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.01%
Christianity
21%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
72.69%
Islam
0.08%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.02%
Unknown
6.24%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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