Bhulia in India

The Bhulia have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Bhulia are a caste of weavers who are also known as Bholia, Bhoriya, Bholwa, Mehar and Mihir. They have no sub castes. One legend says that the Buhlia migrated to Orissa with the first Chauhan Raja of Patna. It is thought they may belong to a north Indian caste who do not know their origin.


Where Are they Located?

Bhulia live mostly in Orissa, India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bhulia people speak the Hindi language. Bible written, audio, and visual resources exist in Hindi, yet Buhlia people remain unreached.

Marriage with the same group is not allowed. They have wedding customs. The bridegroom is expected to carry the bride seven times around the sacrificial fire in a basket. If he cannot, the grandfather of the bride carries them both. The married couple go back to the village after the wedding ceremony. Divorce is allowed and widows are permitted to marry again.

Bhulia eat meat and drink alcohol.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Bhulia people are Hindus and worship most Hindu gods like Shiva, Vishnu and Rama. They also worship family and village Gods. They also worship their ancestors. The celebrate Hindu festivals such as Holi, Diwali and Dusshera.


What Are Their Needs?

Their most important need is to understand that their good works and worship of false gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and that Almighty Creator God has made a provision for them.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Bhulia people will see that their old systems of ethics and religion are not working, and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ.
* Pray that intercessors worldwide will regularly pray for salvation of Bhulia people.
* Pray for workers to disciple them. Pray that many Bhulia will disciple others until this people group knows that Jesus Christ is Lord.
* Ask God to raise up entire families and communities until their culture is transformed to fully glorify God and represent His Kingdom here on earth.


References

http://www.indianetzone.com/50/bhulia_caste.htm


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-09-22
People Name General Bhulia
People Name in Country Bhulia
Population in India 147,000
World Population 147,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Bholia, Bholwa, Bhoriya, Bhul, Meher, Mihir, भूलिया
People ID 16419
ROP3 Code 111570
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 5
Largest States
Odisha
113,000
Chhattisgarh
34,000
Uttar Pradesh
400
Maharashtra
100
Delhi
100
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 5
  Odisha 113,000
  Chhattisgarh 34,000
  Uttar Pradesh 400
  Maharashtra 100
  Delhi 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (117,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Chhattisgarhi
19,000
Hindi
7,900
Bengali
1,700
Kui
500
Munda
300
Pengo
80
Santhali
60
Bodo Parja
50
Ho
50
Primary Language Odia (117,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Chhattisgarhi 19,000
  Hindi 7,900
  Bengali 1,700
  Kui 500
  Munda 300
  Pengo 80
  Santhali 60
  Bodo Parja 50
  Ho 50
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2004)
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 Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Odia
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)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
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 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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