Bathudi in India

The Bathudi have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The ancestors of the Bathudi emigrated from Bakua in the Similipal hills, following the course of the Godavari River. After a time of bitter conflict and tribal warfare with the Gond, the Bathudi were eventually defeated. The Bathudi live primarily in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Kendujhargarh, and Balasore in the state of Odisha. Most are bilingual, speaking their native language, Bathudi, and Oriya. Bathudi is an unclassified language that is perhaps unlike all other tribal languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today, the Bathudi live among the Santal, the Gond, the Munda, and the Ho people groups. They share the same villages, though the Bathudi live in a separate section. At one time they were fishermen but today most are either farmers or farm laborers. Bathudi women weave plates out of date palm materials which they sell. Bathudi houses are arranged in two rows alongside the main street. Their mud-walled huts generally have two rooms. The inner room is used for sleeping and cooking, while their goats and chickens roam freely nearby. The Bathudi usually paint the walls of their homes red or white. They sleep on palm leaf mats, and you rarely find their homes containing wooden furniture.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bathudi are mostly Hindu, and their beliefs and practices are the same as those of the neighboring Hindu tribes. They believe they came from the arms of Brahma, the supreme Hindu god, which means they consider themselves to be from the Kshatriya caste. The village gods are worshipped by the village priest, who serves as a mediator between the villagers and the gods. The Bathudi have not yet completely lost their belief in magic and witchcraft. In fact, some believe their traditional religion is more important to them than Hinduism. In recent decades they have given up eating beef to accommodate Hinduism.


What Are Their Needs?

There is a need for workers to be thrust out to the Bathudi people and for intercessors to pray for them until something happens.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bathudi in India.

Pray for an abundant blessing of Bathudi families and communities as they embrace Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords. Pray for a movement to Christ that will enrich the Bathudi community. Pray for spiritual openness to Jesus Christ that will not be hindered by the false belief in religious institutions rather than the person, Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   JoshuaProject  

People Name General Bathudi
People Name in Country Bathudi
Population this Country 229,000
Population all Countries 229,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Bahutali; Bahutuli; Bathdi; Bathuhuli; बतुड़ी
People ID 16341
ROP3 Code 111477
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Odisha
218,000
West Bengal
7,700
Jharkhand
3,500
Delhi
200
Bihar
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Odisha 218,000
  West Bengal 7,700
  Jharkhand 3,500
  Delhi 200
  Bihar 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (217,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
9,500
Hindi
1,000
Santhali
600
Oriya, Adivasi
300
Munda
300
Ho
200
Mundari
100
Kuvi
30
Marathi
30
Naga, Ao
20
Sikkimese
10
Halbi
10
Telugu Malayalam English
Primary Language Odia (217,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 9,500
  Hindi 1,000
  Santhali 600
  Oriya, Adivasi 300
  Munda 300
  Ho 200
  Mundari 100
  Kuvi 30
  Marathi 30
  Naga, Ao 20
  Sikkimese 10
  Halbi 10
  Telugu 10
  Malayalam 10
  English 10
People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.07 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.75 %
Islam
0.09 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.07 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Subhashish Panigrahi - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source JoshuaProject  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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