Aheria in India

The Aheria have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Their name means "hunter" since this was what they did traditionally. Some became farmers during the 1920s when they were forced to give up hunting, while others now live in Delhi where they sell flowers and garlands. Those who live in Delhi have access to modern medicine. Rajasthan is Aheria's original homeland.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Parents arrange marriages for their children when they are between 16-25. Like many Hindu communities, they pay the bride price in jewelry. The wedding rituals are performed at the bride's house, usually by a Brahmin.
Aheria communities want their children to achieve a better education than previous generations. Though most don't get past secondary education, there are some Aherias who are college educated. For a scheduled caste group, the Aherias have a high literacy rate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though the Hindu peoples have given the Aheria a "scheduled caste" status, the Aherias would still consider themselves to be Hindus. They cremate their dead and worship Hindu deities such as Jhind, Tejaji, Goraji, Hamadevji, and Hanumanji.


What Are Their Needs?

The Aheria people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


Prayer Points

Pray for them to understand and respond to Christ.
Pray God will have mercy on the Aheria doing, whatever it takes to place them in a position to receive him.
Ask God to open the hearts of the Aheria to the gospel.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Aheria in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-19
People Name General Aheria
People Name in Country Aheria
Pronunciation ah-AIR-ee-ah
Population this Country 198,000
Population all Countries 198,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Aheri; Aheri Rajput; Aheriya Bhil; Ahiria; Beta; Hensi; Herbi; Heri; Hersi; Hesi; Karol; Naik; Sanhai; Shikari; Thori; Turi; आहेरिया
People ID 16186
ROP3 Code 111291
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
162,000
Delhi
22,000
Rajasthan
6,200
Himachal Pradesh
3,800
Madhya Pradesh
1,700
Haryana
300
Chandigarh
90
Punjab
70
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Uttar Pradesh 162,000
  Delhi 22,000
  Rajasthan 6,200
  Himachal Pradesh 3,800
  Madhya Pradesh 1,700
  Haryana 300
  Chandigarh 90
  Punjab 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (153,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Awadhi
4,400
Haroti: Harauti
4,000
Mandeali
1,000
Kanauji
1,000
Bagri
900
Bhojpuri
900
Bilaspuri
400
Mewari
400
Kangri
300
Braj Bhasha
200
Dhundari
200
Punjabi, Eastern
100
Wagdi
70
Bengali
60
Pahari, Kullu
60
Primary Language Hindi (153,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Awadhi 4,400
  Haroti: Harauti 4,000
  Mandeali 1,000
  Kanauji 1,000
  Bagri 900
  Bhojpuri 900
  Bilaspuri 400
  Mewari 400
  Kangri 300
  Braj Bhasha 200
  Dhundari 200
  Punjabi, Eastern 100
  Wagdi 70
  Bengali 60
  Pahari, Kullu 60
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more