Balija (Hindu traditions) in India

The Balija (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 45 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Poosala 13,000
Mannan 5,200
Tathinalu 5,000
Pera 4,500
Peta 2,000
Chetti 1,100
Desa 700
Kaikala 700
Siviar 600
Bachili 500

Introduction / History

The Balija people are exclusively Hindu and reside as an ethnic minority with only a small political voice in domestic and governmental affairs. They derive their income from a variety of sources. Some trade in bangles, pearls, and salt, while others have turned to areas of cultivation and land ownership. A few have ventured into governmental and medical services. Social life follows along lines of the strict caste system. They may marry outside the clan, but only within their caste. Generally they are not vegetarians and they are allowed to drink alcohol, two factors that indicate a low caste status. Marriages are arranged at birth, and they do not allow widows to remarry. Unlike most Western civilizations, the Balija people bury their dead in a sitting position. Today, all of the Balija people face a Christ-less eternity at the end of their life.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The birth of Jesus Christ in a lonely Jewish village was largely unnoticed by society 2000 years ago. Today He is the hope of all mankind. But, for the Balija people residing in southern India and Bangladesh, His message is still not noticed.


Prayer Points

* Pray that these souls will be allowed to experience true spiritual freedom in Christ.
* Pray that neighboring Christians will take the gospel message to Balija communities


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-06
People Name General Balija (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Balija (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 1,707,000
World Population 1,707,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 34
Alternate Names Ambiga, Balegara, Baliga, Balija Naidu, Besta, Bestala, Bestar, Bholla, Bogam, Boya Bestha, Chetti Balija, Deogarhiya Gond, Gajula, Gangemakkalu, Gavara, Gazula, Gazula Balija, Gazut Balija, Gudem Dasari, Kabbera, Kasba, Kasban, Kasbi, Kasbi Khelna, Kasbin, Khelda, Khelta, Kisbe, Mannur, Munnur, Mutrasi, Naidu, Parivara, Parivarattar, Rajamandir, Siviar, Siviyar, Thogra, Thota Balija, Toreyar, Vaduga, Vaidu, Valia, Varala, Veerasaiva Lingayat, बलिजा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16312
ROP3 Code 111442
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Balija (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code AUG06b
Total Subgroups 45 (only 15 largest shown)
  Poosala 13,000
  Mannan 5,200
  Tathinalu 5,000
  Pera 4,500
  Peta 2,000
  Chetti 1,100
  Desa 700
  Kaikala 700
  Siviar 600
  Bachili 500
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Karnataka
996,000
Telangana
309,000
Tamil Nadu
230,000
Odisha
81,000
Maharashtra
46,000
Chhattisgarh
23,000
Andhra Pradesh
12,000
Madhya Pradesh
5,600
Kerala
1,700
Jharkhand
700
Delhi
500
Bihar
400
Gujarat
300
Goa
300
Chandigarh
70
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 20
  Karnataka 996,000
  Telangana 309,000
  Tamil Nadu 230,000
  Odisha 81,000
  Maharashtra 46,000
  Chhattisgarh 23,000
  Andhra Pradesh 12,000
  Madhya Pradesh 5,600
  Kerala 1,700
  Jharkhand 700
  Delhi 500
  Bihar 400
  Gujarat 300
  Goa 300
  Chandigarh 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (793,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Telugu
788,000
Tamil
80,000
Odia
21,000
Chhattisgarhi
4,500
Tulu
3,700
Konkani
2,200
Marathi
1,500
Konkani, Goan
1,500
Gondi, Northern
1,500
Hindi
700
Kurux
200
Kui
200
Primary Language Kannada (793,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 788,000
  Tamil 80,000
  Odia 21,000
  Chhattisgarhi 4,500
  Tulu 3,700
  Konkani 2,200
  Marathi 1,500
  Konkani, Goan 1,500
  Gondi, Northern 1,500
  Hindi 700
  Kurux 200
  Kui 200
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1831-2000)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.02 %
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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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