Bharbhunja (Hindu traditions) in India

The Bharbhunja (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Bharbhunja have their name from their traditional occupation of roasting grains. "Bharbhunja" means frying pan or one who roasts grain in Sanskrit. Some Bharbhunja claim they are descendants of Brahmin or Kshatriya, the two highest castes of Hinduism but other castes place them in the fourth or lowest caste.

The Bharbhunja buy grain from other agricultural castes, then roast or parch it to sell this grain to others. The parched grain can serve as a snack or as food for travelers or soldiers. The roasted grain is lighter in weight and lasts longer than uncooked grain.

Besides roasting grain, the Bharbhunja own roadside restaurants, work as laborers and run small businesses. Some Bharbhunja have taken advantage of the Indian educational system and become professionals, doctors, teachers and engineers.

The primary languages of the Bharbhunja are the regional languages of where they live. Over half of them speak Hindi so they can communicate with other Indian peoples.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Bharbhunja live in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Some also live in other states of north and central India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the Bharbhunja depend on their level of education. Most still live in rural areas where modern conveniences do not exist. Electricity, indoor plumbing and access to clean water are the exceptions not the rule. Children often work along side their parents and receive only a minimal education

The Bharbhunja practice clan exogamy, that is they marry within their caste but not within their family or clan. Parents arrange marriages. Brahmin priests perform the weddings and other important life rituals. Sons inherit property from their parents. Child marriage was previously common but this custom has been largely replaced by adult marriage.

Bharbhunja are not vegetarians. They do refrain from eating beef. Their diet consists mainly of rice, wheat, seasonal vegetables and fruits, and dairy products. Some of their men drink country liquor and smoke tobacco.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bharbhunja are Hindu, the ancient religion and culture of India. They worship and serve the many gods of the Hindu pantheon. They also worship their own clan, village and family deities. As Hindus they observe the yearly holidays of Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the nine-day festival of autumn and Maha Sivaratri, the celebration in honor of the god Shiva in late winter.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Bharbhunja people need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to realize that Shiva and the gods of Hinduism will never satisfy the deepest longings of their hearts or forgive their sins.


Prayer Points

Pray the Lord sends Christian workers to the Bharbhunja who will show them the love and mercy of Christ.
Pray that Indian Christians would reach out to the Bharbhunja with the gospel.
Pray that the Lord wins some Bharbhunja to Himself and that Bible-believing churches begin among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Bharbhunja (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharbhunja_(Hindu)
peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/bharbhunja/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Bharbhunja (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bharbhunja (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation bar-BOON-jah
Alternate Names Barjuba; Bhad Bhunjari; Bhadbhuja; Bhadbhunja; Bhade; Bhaduja; Bharbhuja; Bharbhunja; Bharbuja; Bhere; Bhooj; Bhuj; Bhuj Bhujar; Bhuja; Bhujari; Bhujawala; Bhuji; Bhujua; Bhunj; Bhunja; Bhunjia; Bhurji; Gour; Kalenera; Kandu; Kashodhay; Mehre; Mere; भरभूंजा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 1,451,000
Population all Countries 1,451,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 29
People ID 16412
ROP3 Code 111563
ROP25 Code 301133
ROP25 Name Bharabhunja
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
1,323,000
Madhya Pradesh
44,000
Uttarakhand
19,000
Chhattisgarh
15,000
Delhi
13,000
Maharashtra
5,300
Bihar
4,600
Haryana
4,000
West Bengal
4,000
Rajasthan
2,100
Gujarat
2,100
Telangana
1,100
Karnataka
700
Punjab
300
Chandigarh
300
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 1,323,000
  Madhya Pradesh 44,000
  Uttarakhand 19,000
  Chhattisgarh 15,000
  Delhi 13,000
  Maharashtra 5,300
  Bihar 4,600
  Haryana 4,000
  West Bengal 4,000
  Rajasthan 2,100
  Gujarat 2,100
  Telangana 1,100
  Karnataka 700
  Punjab 300
  Chandigarh 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (803,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
137,000
Awadhi
133,000
Kanauji
93,000
Bundeli
13,000
Chhattisgarhi
7,000
Garhwali
5,500
Gujarati
5,000
Kumaoni
3,900
Bengali
2,400
Punjabi, Eastern
2,400
Bagheli
1,200
Malvi
700
Marathi
600
Braj Bhasha
500
Nimadi
400
Primary Language Hindi (803,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 137,000
  Awadhi 133,000
  Kanauji 93,000
  Bundeli 13,000
  Chhattisgarhi 7,000
  Garhwali 5,500
  Gujarati 5,000
  Kumaoni 3,900
  Bengali 2,400
  Punjabi, Eastern 2,400
  Bagheli 1,200
  Malvi 700
  Marathi 600
  Braj Bhasha 500
  Nimadi 400
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel 
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