Balija (Hindu traditions) in India

Joshua Project has identified the Balija (Hindu traditions) only in India
Population
1,736,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-06
People Name General Balija (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Balija (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 1,736,000
World Population 1,736,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 20
Largest States
Karnataka (989,000) Telangana (331,000) Tamil Nadu (235,000)
Odisha (89,000) Maharashtra (48,000) Chhattisgarh (24,000)
Andhra Pradesh (11,000) Madhya Pradesh (5,800) Kerala (1,700)
Jharkhand (800) Delhi (500) Bihar (400)
Gujarat (300) Goa (200) Chandigarh (70)
Puducherry (60) West Bengal (40) Andaman and Nicobar (40)
Dadra and Nagar Have (10) Daman and Diu (10)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 20
Karnataka (989,000) Telangana (331,000)
Tamil Nadu (235,000) Odisha (89,000)
Maharashtra (48,000) Chhattisgarh (24,000)
Andhra Pradesh (11,000) Madhya Pradesh (5,800)
Kerala (1,700) Jharkhand (800)
Delhi (500) Bihar (400)
Gujarat (300) Goa (200)
Chandigarh (70) Puducherry (60)
West Bengal (40) Andaman and Nicobar (40)
Dadra and Nagar Have (10) Daman and Diu (10)
Primary Language: Telugu (774,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tel   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 13
Secondary Languages:
Kannada (757,000) Tamil (80,000) Odia (35,000)
Chhattisgarhi (4,500) Tulu (3,600) Konkani (2,200)
Marathi (1,500) Konkani, Goan (1,500) Gondi, Northern (1,500)
Hindi (700) Kui (200) Kurux (200)
Primary Language: Telugu (774,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 13
Secondary Languages:
Kannada (757,000) Tamil (80,000)
Odia (35,000) Chhattisgarhi (4,500)
Tulu (3,600) Konkani (2,200)
Marathi (1,500) Konkani, Goan (1,500)
Gondi, Northern (1,500) Hindi (700)
Kui (200) Kurux (200)
Primary Language: Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
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 Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.03 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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