Bari (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
627,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Bari of India are also called Rawat and Paanwale. In Bihar they are also called Donwar.

The Bari speak Awadhi in Uttar Pradesh, Marathi in Maharashtra, Bhojpuri in Bihar and Mewari in Rajasthan. They speak Hindi also in these states and read and write in Devanagari. Literacy is low, Maharashtra being the exception.


Where Are they Located?

They live in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar and Rajasthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They work as household servants in Madhya Pradesh. In the west of Maharashtra, most are growers of betel leaves. In Rajasthan they catch birds in the forest, make leaf plates and cups, reed seats, paper flowers and cages from wire. In Bihar they carry electric and gas lights at weddings. Most own no land, but work in agriculture. Many have small businesses such as pulling people in rickshaws, cart driving and tailoring. They live in city slums. Child labor is an issue in this culture.

Bari people do not eat beef because of their Hindu religion. They eat wheat, rice and lentils, fruit and vegetables. They drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and chew tobacco. They use local medicines however clinics are used for more serious matters.

Bari only marry in their community. There are many subdivisions. There are clans among them who look after marriage alliances. No one is allowed to marry within their clan. Marriages are mainly monogamous and are arranged by the elders of both of the families. There are both adult and child marriages. Divorce and remarriage are allowed, but not frequent. The dowry is given with goods. Women who are sterilized to avoid having larger families than they want.

The property of the parents goes equally to all the sons and the oldest son becomes the family leader.

Bari women help by taking additional work or helping their spouses with their businesses as well as doing the housework and looking after the children. Bari have community welfare associations.


They also celebrate a New Year festival called Makar Sankranti and here sesame seeds combined with jaggery (unrefined sugar) are exchanged among the Bari. They cremate their dead and the ashes are immersed in a river. If they can, they use the River Ganges, which is regarded as holy. Infants to the age of five years old are buried and there is a death pollution period, usually for twelve days with a feast at the end of it. They work as house servants.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bari are Hindus and worship most of the Hindu gods like Shiva, Vishnu and Rama. They also worship family and village gods and worship ancestors too. They celebrate Hindu festivals such as Holi, Diwali and Dusshera.


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Bari (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bari (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 627,000
World Population 636,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Donwar, Panwala, Panwale, Panwali, Rawat, Soot, Sut, बरी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16334
ROP3 Code 111470
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 12
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
230,000
Bihar
228,000
Maharashtra
87,000
Madhya Pradesh
72,000
Jharkhand
4,100
Rajasthan
1,900
West Bengal
1,900
Uttarakhand
1,000
Odisha
600
Chhattisgarh
500
Haryana
300
Delhi
200
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 12
  Uttar Pradesh 230,000
  Bihar 228,000
  Maharashtra 87,000
  Madhya Pradesh 72,000
  Jharkhand 4,100
  Rajasthan 1,900
  West Bengal 1,900
  Uttarakhand 1,000
  Odisha 600
  Chhattisgarh 500
  Haryana 300
  Delhi 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (333,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
160,000
Marathi
82,000
Awadhi
25,000
Kanauji
7,200
Magahi
3,800
Bagheli
3,300
Maithili
3,300
Chhattisgarhi
2,100
Bengali
1,800
Bundeli
700
Odia
500
Mewari
400
Malvi
300
Punjabi, Eastern
200
Khandesi
200
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (333,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 160,000
  Marathi 82,000
  Awadhi 25,000
  Kanauji 7,200
  Magahi 3,800
  Bagheli 3,300
  Maithili 3,300
  Chhattisgarhi 2,100
  Bengali 1,800
  Bundeli 700
  Odia 500
  Mewari 400
  Malvi 300
  Punjabi, Eastern 200
  Khandesi 200
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 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)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Create International  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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