Bhil in Pakistan


Population
453,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Bhil peoples are low on the social totem pole in Hindu India, which spills over into neighboring Pakistan where the caste system is still in effect despite Islam being the dominant religion. Most of the information on the Bhil peoples is about the Hindu Bhils in India, since there are many more of them in that country than in Pakistan.


Where Are they Located?

The Bhils are mostly in India, but those in Pakistan live in the Tharparkar District of Sindh Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bhils live mostly in rural areas, where many are migrant farm workers who follow the seasonal crops to bring extra income to their suffering families. In Pakistan many work for Muslim landowners. Wheat and millet are staple food crops, followed by rice, cotton lint, and corn. For the farmers, the arid land requires irrigation. Monsoon rains are the key to their existence.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In India most Bhils are Hindu or animistic, but in Pakistan they mix Islam with traditional religion. There are many Hindus among the Bhil people in Pakistan. In the 1960s there was work among the Bhils that lasted for a couple of decades. We don't know if the fruit of this work is still in existence.


What Are Their Needs?

There is no future in being a landless farmer like many of these people are. The Bhil peoples in Pakistan need education that will help them get good jobs for today's job market.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers for the Bhil peoples in Pakistan.
* Pray for a church planting movement among the Bhils in Pakistan.
* Pray for the Bhil peoples to "gossip the gospel" to others, leading to Christ-followers in India and Pakistan.


References

http://www.evangelical-times.org/archive/item/983/Pakistan/Missionary-Spotlight---Pakistan---The-Marwari-Bhils-of-Pakistan/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhil_people
http://www.prayway.com/unreached/peoplegroups1/712.html
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=6381


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-11-17
People Name General Bhil
People Name in Country Bhil
Population in Pakistan 453,000
World Population 16,857,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Arejo, Arijo, Bhil Garasia, Bhilala, Bhim, Bilalla, Billava, Billavaor, Billawa, Dholi Bhil, Dugri Garasia, Dungra Bhil, Dungri Girasia, Garasia, Pacima, Pascima, Pujari, Tulu Bhillava, भील
People ID 16414
ROP3 Code 111565
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh (453,000)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marwari (141,000 speakers)
Language Code mve   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Sindhi
(102,000)
Saraiki
(60,000)
Sindhi Bhil
(37,000)
Koli, Kachi
(19,000)
Sansi
(13,000)
Urdu
(10,000)
Marwari
(8,800)
Dhatki
(8,200)
Koli, Wadiyara
(7,200)
Kacchi
(7,000)
Bhili
(5,500)
Koli, Parkari
(5,300)
Merwari
(2,900)
Bagri
(500)
Jadgali
(400)
People Groups Speaking Marwari
Primary Language Marwari (141,000 speakers)
Language Code mve   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Sindhi (102,000)
  Saraiki (60,000)
  Sindhi Bhil (37,000)
  Koli, Kachi (19,000)
  Sansi (13,000)
  Urdu (10,000)
  Marwari (8,800)
  Dhatki (8,200)
  Koli, Wadiyara (7,200)
  Kacchi (7,000)
  Bhili (5,500)
  Koli, Parkari (5,300)
  Merwari (2,900)
  Bagri (500)
  Jadgali (400)
People Groups Speaking Marwari

Primary Language:  Marwari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1969-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1821)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marwari
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.55 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
8.89 %
Islam
90.57 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Ben Piven  Creative Commons 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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