Bharia Bhumia in India

The Bharia Bhumia have only been reported in India
Population
323,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Bharia Bhumia is a forest-dwelling Scheduled Tribe of Madhya Pradesh. They have various clans which regulate marriage alliances. Some of these clans are Bhardia, Bijaria, Amelia, Bagothia, Pachalia, Thakaria, and Mehania. The Bharia are wage-earners, as most are landless. A part of their livelihood is derived from collecting and selling firewood. Some work as laborers for contractors, while a few work as rickshaw-pullers and errand boys. Some are engaged as sharecroppers and graziers. They worship deities like Hanuman. They also worship most of the Gond deities like Baradeo, Buradeo, and Nagbaba. Their important festivals are Holi, Diwali, Bhujalia, Akhati, Shivratri, and Rakhi. Their literacy rate is very low.


Ministry Obstacles

A low literacy rate suggests that printed presentations of the Gospel will be inadequate for the Bharia community. Stories from scripture, recordings, and videos will all be needed and useful.


Outreach Ideas

Jesus needs to be presented to them as more than just another deity in their pantheon of gods. Pray God's people will relate the story of the One who is above all.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Several in the Bharia community have identified themselves as Christians to the Indian census. Please pray for teachers to be sent to these people, to help them become firmly established as followers of Jesus.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Bharia to see the importance of providing a good education for their children. They very much need to raise the literacy rate in their community, and they need to acquire skills to make them employable.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bharia Bhumia
People Name in Country Bharia Bhumia
Population in India 323,000
World Population 323,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bharia, Bhuinhar, Bhuinhar Bhumia, Bhumia, Paliha, Pando', भारिया भूमिया
People ID 16352
ROP3 Code 111491
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 4
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
195,000
Chhattisgarh
115,000
Odisha
11,000
Maharashtra
1,100
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 4
  Madhya Pradesh 195,000
  Chhattisgarh 115,000
  Odisha 11,000
  Maharashtra 1,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (157,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 21
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bharia
130,000
Chhattisgarhi
15,000
Odia
13,000
Sadri
2,000
Bundeli
1,900
Marathi
900
Gondi, Northern
700
Gujarati
400
Halbi
400
Bengali
300
Kurux
300
Santhali
300
Punjabi, Eastern
200
Bhili
200
Bagheli
200
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (157,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 21
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bharia 130,000
  Chhattisgarhi 15,000
  Odia 13,000
  Sadri 2,000
  Bundeli 1,900
  Marathi 900
  Gondi, Northern 700
  Gujarati 400
  Halbi 400
  Bengali 300
  Kurux 300
  Santhali 300
  Punjabi, Eastern 200
  Bhili 200
  Bagheli 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
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.19 %
Islam
0.06 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.56 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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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