Bharbhunja (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 8

Subgroup Name Population
Barelikade Unknown
Bhadesia Unknown
Chaktaina Unknown
Guryar Unknown
Kaithwar Unknown
Kanaujia Unknown
Kandu Unknown
Sri Basant Unknown

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 of Shudras.

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.


References

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


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-17
People Name General Bharbhunja (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bharbhunja (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 1,196,000
World Population 1,196,800
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 24
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)
People ID 16412
ROP3 Code 111563
Country India
Region South Asia
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
1,099,000
Madhya Pradesh
36,000
Uttarakhand
16,000
Chhattisgarh
13,000
Delhi
11,000
Maharashtra
4,300
Bihar
3,900
Haryana
3,400
West Bengal
3,000
Rajasthan
1,800
Gujarat
1,800
Telangana
900
Karnataka
600
Punjab
200
Chandigarh
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
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 1,099,000
  Madhya Pradesh 36,000
  Uttarakhand 16,000
  Chhattisgarh 13,000
  Delhi 11,000
  Maharashtra 4,300
  Bihar 3,900
  Haryana 3,400
  West Bengal 3,000
  Rajasthan 1,800
  Gujarat 1,800
  Telangana 900
  Karnataka 600
  Punjab 200
  Chandigarh 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (788,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
134,000
Awadhi
134,000
Kanauji
92,000
Bagheli
7,600
Chhattisgarhi
6,900
Garhwali
5,500
Gujarati
5,000
Bundeli
4,500
Kumaoni
3,900
Punjabi, Eastern
2,400
Bengali
1,400
Malvi
600
Marathi
500
Nimadi
400
Braj Bhasha
400
Primary Language Hindi (788,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 134,000
  Awadhi 134,000
  Kanauji 92,000
  Bagheli 7,600
  Chhattisgarhi 6,900
  Garhwali 5,500
  Gujarati 5,000
  Bundeli 4,500
  Kumaoni 3,900
  Punjabi, Eastern 2,400
  Bengali 1,400
  Malvi 600
  Marathi 500
  Nimadi 400
  Braj Bhasha 400
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 Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Father's 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)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
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 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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