Parhaiya in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Parhaiya are a Scheduled Tribe living in the state of Bihar in India. Most of them live in regions such as Gumala, Gaya, Hazaribagh and Palamau. They live with other tribes getting on well with them and they do not live in separate villages.

The Parhaiya believe in monogamy regarding marriage although bigamy is allowed. Premarital relations is not allowed in the group. Marriage can take place between males and females of two lineages but is usually not allowed. They believe in village exogamy, meaning they choose marriage partners from villages other than their own. They pay a price to the bride and have the agreement of the parents of the bride and groom. There are occasions when marriage is done by exchange, elopement and love.

The birth of a baby is looked on as being very happy by the Parahaiya as it prevents the worry of not being able to have children. It builds the position of the husband and wife as parents.

The main work of the Parhaiya is cultivating. Many live on the produce that they gather from the forests. The women especially weave quality clothes and baskets. The Parhaiya are very religious and believe in gods and goddesses. Many worship ancestral spirits.

For judicial administration they have the Panchayat system. The village leader called the Mahato is prominent with the leading of the system. His assistant is called Khato and there are members from all the people of the Parhaiya family.


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People Name General Parhaiya
People Name in Country Parhaiya
Population in India 72,000
World Population 75,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baiga, Maler, Pandubasi, Parahiya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Parhaiya
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17850
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jharkhand (45,000) West Bengal (12,000) Uttar Pradesh (9,900) Uttarakhand (4,300)
Bihar (1,700) Odisha (50) Andaman and Nicobar (0)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jharkhand (45,000) West Bengal (12,000)
Uttar Pradesh (9,900) Uttarakhand (4,300)
Bihar (1,700) Odisha (50)
Andaman and Nicobar (0)
Languages & Dialects on file:  32  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (44,000) Santhali (11,000) Bengali (7,700) Garhwali (3,700)
Mal Paharia (800) Kanauji (600) Awadhi (300) Kurux (200)
Mundari (200) Marathi (200) Adi (200) Chhattisgarhi (100)
Ho (100) Nepali (100) Kumaoni (90) Oriya (80)
Tamil (80) Munda (70) Sadri (70) Bhojpuri (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 44,000 Santhali 11,000
Bengali 7,700 Garhwali 3,700
Mal Paharia 800 Kanauji 600
Awadhi 300 Kurux 200
Mundari 200 Marathi 200
Adi 200 Chhattisgarhi 100
Ho 100 Nepali 100
Kumaoni 90 Oriya 80
Tamil 80 Munda 70
Sadri 70 Bhojpuri 50
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
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.83 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
93.55 %
0.05 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
4.56 %

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  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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