The Bellara are a community of basket weavers, most of whom live in India's southern state of Karnataka. At home they speak their own dialect of Kannada, the language of this state. Publically they speak standard Kannada. They eat pork, which is rare for Hindus. Some of them have received cultivable land from the Indian government for farming, but most of them remain basket weavers.
Their form of Hinduism focuses on spirit worship. They also worship village and regional deities. Their priests are sometimes chosen from their own community, though they also rely on the Brahmins to perform priestly duties. There are few if any from the 2,500 Bellara people who follow the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. There are many good Christian resources in the Kannada language, but the Bellara suffer from illiteracy.
* Pray for audio materials to be made widely available in Bellara communities.
* Pray for Indian believers who speak Kannada to produce skits and stories about Jesus for this Hindu community.
* Pray that soon there will be a strong fellowship of Bellara believers.
Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|Persecution Rank||15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||5|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Kannada (2,200 speakers)|
|Language Code||kan Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Kannada|
Primary Language: Kannada
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1823-1995)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Fathers Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||Kannada Bible stories|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Kannada|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Kannada|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||International Bible Society|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|