Many centuries ago, the Bhar community was deposed by the invading Rajput and Muslims. Their struggle with the Rajput and Muslim invaders continued for about two hundred years, at the end of which Ibrahim Shah Waarli of Jaunpur killed the last Bhar ruler. Child marriages are prevalent; however, the trend towards adult marriage is increasing. Agriculture is the main occupation of the Bhar, and they usually work as laborers in fields owned by the Muslims, Thakur and Yadav. They are Hindu and worship deities like Deeh Baba and Burhao Baba.
The Bhar culture is that of worshiping the spirits of created things, not the Creator God. Distinction must be made between what is created, and the One who created.
There are many good resource materials available in the primary language of the Bhar people, but workers are needed. Pray for workers for the harvest, which is ripening.
There may be no followers of Christ among the Bhar community today, but pray for the ones that will soon place their trust in Christ. They will need prayer support. Pray they will learn to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Pray for access to Scripture in printed and recorded forms.
Pray for each individual in the Bhar community to have a minimum of one opportunity to hear of Jesus accurately, in his or her mother tongue. Also pray for the Bhar to make schooling a priority for their children, and for good schools to be available.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Persecution Rank||26 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||6|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Bengali (4,600 speakers)|
|Language Code||ben Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Bengali|
Primary Language: Bengali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1800-1980)|
|New Testament||Yes (1801-1984)|
|Complete Bible||Yes (1809-2000)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Bengali Bible stories|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Bengali|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Bengali|
|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||The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|