Balai (Hindu traditions) in India

The Balai (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
2,470,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Balahi are a Scheduled Caste in India. Their name means 'messenger' in Hindi. They are mainly Hindus though there are a few Muslims. They are also called Balai.

The Balahi in Madhya Pradesh eat cereals such as wheat. They are weavers by tradition but now tend to be agricultural laborers. They speak Hindi and read and write Devanagari.

In Rajasthan, the Balahi speak Mewari and Hindi. They use Devanagari. They eat eggs, fish, chicken and pork.

In Maharashtra, the Balahi speak Marathi and they too use Devanagari for reading and writing. They are not vegetarians but they do not eat beef and pork. They have different types of work. Some are carpenters.

In Delhi, the Balahi speak Rajasthani and Hindi. They work for the government and some work privately. Some are plumbers.

The Balahi in Uttar Pradesh speak in Hindi. They are mainly landless. Some work as industrial laborers. Women do housework.

The Balahi generally have a low literacy level so the gospel needs also to be given in oral form.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will give the Balahi dreams and visions leading them to salvation.
* Pray that gospel materials will bring them to Jesus Christ.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-08
People Name General Balai (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Balai (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 2,470,000
World Population 2,470,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 50 to 55
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bakhoalhai, Balahi, Balai, Bulai, Meghbansi, Meghwal, Mehra, बलाई (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16309
ROP3 Code 111438
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
(1,539,000)
Rajasthan
(791,000)
Delhi
(114,000)
Maharashtra
(16,000)
Chhattisgarh
(4,300)
Uttar Pradesh
(3,500)
Odisha
(1,900)
Uttarakhand
(300)
Goa
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Madhya Pradesh (1,539,000)
  Rajasthan (791,000)
  Delhi (114,000)
  Maharashtra (16,000)
  Chhattisgarh (4,300)
  Uttar Pradesh (3,500)
  Odisha (1,900)
  Uttarakhand (300)
  Goa (20)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,698,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Dhundari
(208,000)
Nimadi
(147,000)
Malvi
(116,000)
Mewari
(94,000)
Shekhawati
(80,000)
Marwari
(43,000)
Merwari
(41,000)
Haroti: Harauti
(11,000)
Khandesi
(3,000)
Wagdi
(3,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(2,500)
Odia
(1,800)
Punjabi, Eastern
(1,100)
Bagri
(600)
Gujarati
(600)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (1,698,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Dhundari (208,000)
  Nimadi (147,000)
  Malvi (116,000)
  Mewari (94,000)
  Shekhawati (80,000)
  Marwari (43,000)
  Merwari (41,000)
  Haroti: Harauti (11,000)
  Khandesi (3,000)
  Wagdi (3,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (2,500)
  Odia (1,800)
  Punjabi, Eastern (1,100)
  Bagri (600)
  Gujarati (600)
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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 Fathers 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)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.12 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.35 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.52 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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