Bharia Bhumia in India

The Bharia Bhumia 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 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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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. Their literacy rate is very low.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


What Are Their Needs?

Jesus needs to be presented to them as more than just another deity in their pantheon of gods. A low literacy rate suggests that printed presentations of the gospel will be inadequate for the Bharia community. They very much need to raise the literacy rate in their community, and they need to acquire skills to make them employable. Stories from scripture, recordings, and videos will all be needed and useful.


Prayer Points

Pray God's people will relate the story of the one who is above all.

Pray for love and Holy Spirit anointing to define the lives of the few Bharia Christian believers.

Please pray for teachers to be sent to these people, to help them become firmly established as followers of Jesus.

Pray for the Bharia to see the importance of providing a good education for their children.


Scripture Prayers for the Bharia Bhumia in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bharia Bhumia
People Name in Country Bharia Bhumia
Population this Country 380,000
Population all Countries 380,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names Bharia; Bhuinhar; Bhuinhar Bhumia; Bhumia; Paliha; Pando'; भारिया भूमिया
People ID 16352
ROP3 Code 111491
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 4
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
227,000
Chhattisgarh
136,000
Odisha
13,000
Maharashtra
1,600
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 4
  Madhya Pradesh 227,000
  Chhattisgarh 136,000
  Odisha 13,000
  Maharashtra 1,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (159,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bharia
127,000
Chhattisgarhi
14,000
Odia
13,000
Sadri
2,000
Bundeli
1,900
Marathi
1,100
Gondi, Northern
800
Gujarati
400
Halbi
400
Bengali
300
Kurux
300
Santhali
300
Punjabi, Eastern
200
Bagheli
200
Bhili
200
Primary Language Hindi (159,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bharia 127,000
  Chhattisgarhi 14,000
  Odia 13,000
  Sadri 2,000
  Bundeli 1,900
  Marathi 1,100
  Gondi, Northern 800
  Gujarati 400
  Halbi 400
  Bengali 300
  Kurux 300
  Santhali 300
  Punjabi, Eastern 200
  Bagheli 200
  Bhili 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  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.07 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.04 %
Islam
0.14 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.73 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more