Bahelia (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 5

Subgroup Name Population
Pargania 600
Parher 600
Rathor 600
Turned 600
Bujar 500

Introduction / History

How the mighty have fallen! The Bahelia people are now Dalits, but they were once high in the Hindu caste system and part of a powerful Rajput army. After a key defeat, they had to hide in the jungles, where they survived by catching birds and animals, honey extraction, all considered inferior jobs. Taking such jobs led to them losing their favorable caste status. Usually landless, many work as day laborers, though they have a tradition of making fans with peacock feathers and selling the birds they catch.

Modern India's development programs are greatly improving the lives of the Bahelia people. They are taking advantage of greater educational opportunities, and their literacy rate is improving, especially for boys. Their health care is also improving.

The Bahelia people live in Uttar Pradesh, a state where very few that follow Christ. They are virtually all Hindu.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will send culturally-sensitive missionaries who will show them the way to the cross.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Bahelia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bahelia (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 172,000
World Population 174,300
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Ahuliya, Bahelia, Baheliya, Bahila, Baila, Bailia, Boila, Chirimar, बहेलिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16288
ROP3 Code 111413
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
131,000
Madhya Pradesh
19,000
West Bengal
12,000
Chhattisgarh
8,600
Uttarakhand
1,100
Maharashtra
400
Delhi
400
Chandigarh
200
Haryana
100
Punjab
90
Odisha
80
Tripura
30
Himachal Pradesh
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Uttar Pradesh 131,000
  Madhya Pradesh 19,000
  West Bengal 12,000
  Chhattisgarh 8,600
  Uttarakhand 1,100
  Maharashtra 400
  Delhi 400
  Chandigarh 200
  Haryana 100
  Punjab 90
  Odisha 80
  Tripura 30
  Himachal Pradesh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (117,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Kanauji
22,000
Bengali
10,000
Awadhi
10,000
Chhattisgarhi
5,400
Bhojpuri
2,700
Bundeli
1,100
Kumaoni
600
Braj Bhasha
400
Garhwali
400
Nimadi
100
Odia
80
Pahari, Mahasu
20
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (117,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Kanauji 22,000
  Bengali 10,000
  Awadhi 10,000
  Chhattisgarhi 5,400
  Bhojpuri 2,700
  Bundeli 1,100
  Kumaoni 600
  Braj Bhasha 400
  Garhwali 400
  Nimadi 100
  Odia 80
  Pahari, Mahasu 20
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  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.08 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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