Bharia Bhumia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bharia Bhumia only in India
Population
326,000
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 326,000
World Population 326,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7 to 9
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
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
(199,000)
Chhattisgarh
(115,000)
Odisha
(11,000)
Maharashtra
(1,200)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Madhya Pradesh (199,000)
  Chhattisgarh (115,000)
  Odisha (11,000)
  Maharashtra (1,200)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (158,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bharia
(130,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(15,000)
Odia
(13,000)
Sadri
(2,200)
Bundeli
(1,900)
Marathi
(900)
Gondi, Northern
(700)
Gujarati
(500)
Bhili
(400)
Halbi
(400)
Bengali
(300)
Punjabi, Eastern
(300)
Kurux
(300)
Santhali
(300)
Mundari: Bhumij
(100)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (158,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bharia (130,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (15,000)
  Odia (13,000)
  Sadri (2,200)
  Bundeli (1,900)
  Marathi (900)
  Gondi, Northern (700)
  Gujarati (500)
  Bhili (400)
  Halbi (400)
  Bengali (300)
  Punjabi, Eastern (300)
  Kurux (300)
  Santhali (300)
  Mundari: Bhumij (100)
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
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
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)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.12 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.21 %
Islam
0.06 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
0.55 %
Photo Source Isudas   Copyrighted ©   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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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