Bhangi (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
5,001,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Bhangi are an Indian Caste that used to be classed as untouchable in the past. They have many subdivisions. They would rather be called Balmiki or Valmiki. They were restricted to three types of work which are cleaning toilets, sweeping and scavenging. Scavenging can sometimes mean handling dead people. A child in a Bhangi family was forced to do this kind of work mainly because of finances.

Although attempts have been made to improve sanitation and this includes banning the manual removal of human waste, some Bhangis are yet doing that kind of work now and they are very much discriminated against. Even Dalit castes classed as backward such as the Dhobi who are washer men are socially higher than the Bhangi. Higher castes amongst the Dalits would not have anything to do with lower caste Bhangis who are described as "outcasts even amongst outcasts".


What Are Their Beliefs?

Some Bhangis are Muslims though most Bhangis are strong Hindus but some have gone to other religions to get away from the social position that they have. This has generally not brought about changes for the better for them. In spite of all this, there are some Bhangis classed as Hindu saints.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Bhangis are refused education, teachers and students not wanting them. It is very difficult for the Bhangis to find work as they are unwanted.


Prayer Points

* Pray that they will meet Indian Christians who will show them love and give them the gospel message so the Bhangis will come to Jesus Christ and at last find true happiness.
* Pray things will get better for them financially and socially.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/bhangi


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bhangi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhangi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 5,001,000
World Population 5,026,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 101 to 106
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Asadaru, Balmik, Balmiki, Barvashia, Bhangi, Bhangi/Chuhra, Bhangia, Chamar, Chuhra, Chura, Churhra, Hadi, Halalkheo, Halalkhor, Hari, Harijan, Jamadar, Jamphora, Jharudar, Khakrobe, Khalpa, Korar, Lal Begi, Macegar, Machegar Lingayat, Machigar, Madar, Malkana, Malkana Mehtar, Malkhana, Maratha Chambhar, Mehtar, Methar, Moci, Mulkana, Olagana, Olgana, Olgana Rukhi, Rohit, Rukhi, Sindhi Moci, Valmiki, Zadmalli, भंगी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16399
ROP3 Code 111546
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 30
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(1,550,000)
Delhi
(649,000)
Gujarat
(577,000)
West Bengal
(540,000)
Rajasthan
(475,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(421,000)
Maharashtra
(282,000)
Bihar
(214,000)
Uttarakhand
(101,000)
Jharkhand
(65,000)
Karnataka
(26,000)
Chhattisgarh
(24,000)
Assam
(22,000)
Punjab
(21,000)
Telangana
(9,500)
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 30  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh (1,550,000)
  Delhi (649,000)
  Gujarat (577,000)
  West Bengal (540,000)
  Rajasthan (475,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (421,000)
  Maharashtra (282,000)
  Bihar (214,000)
  Uttarakhand (101,000)
  Jharkhand (65,000)
  Karnataka (26,000)
  Chhattisgarh (24,000)
  Assam (22,000)
  Punjab (21,000)
  Telangana (9,500)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,375,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 40
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
(432,000)
Bengali
(410,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(81,000)
Dhundari
(74,000)
Kanauji
(70,000)
Awadhi
(66,000)
Marathi
(60,000)
Marwari
(49,000)
Garhwali
(28,000)
Shekhawati
(28,000)
Konkani
(27,000)
Merwari
(26,000)
Bhojpuri
(25,000)
Maithili
(24,000)
Kumaoni
(21,000)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (3,375,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 40
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati (432,000)
  Bengali (410,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (81,000)
  Dhundari (74,000)
  Kanauji (70,000)
  Awadhi (66,000)
  Marathi (60,000)
  Marwari (49,000)
  Garhwali (28,000)
  Shekhawati (28,000)
  Konkani (27,000)
  Merwari (26,000)
  Bhojpuri (25,000)
  Maithili (24,000)
  Kumaoni (21,000)
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
0.21 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.70 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.90 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.19 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source International Mission Board-SBC   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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