Bhunjia in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhunjia only in India
Population
34,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Bhunjia people are listed as a Scheduled Tribe of India. They have two major groups, namely Chokutia Bhunjia and Chinda Bhunjia in the states of Chhatisgarh and Orissa. Both outsiders and insiders call them Bhunjia. In some villages they live with people of other castes called Magi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their livelihood is agriculture plus in Orissa some people are involved in animal husbandry and fishing. A few of them are employed as teachers while others collect and sell firewood.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all Bhunjia (99.87% according to the census) are Hindu though they include elements of the traditional tribal religion.


What Are Their Needs?

Currently, the state government of Orissa is working with about 500 Bhunjia families in community development. The literacy
rate among those families is about 35% while people not covered under this project have a lower literacy level about 19%.
Presently, Bhunjia is considered to be a dialect of Halbi [hlb].

Language development is ongoing with Halbi and it needs to be determined if Bhunjia people can use Halbi literature or if it will
be necessary to produce adaptations into their dialect. There is a definite need for language development in the Bhunjia language.
Among themselves Bhunjia people mostly speak their own vernacular rather than the language of wider communication.
Speaking a second language is very difficult for women and children.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Bhunjia
People Name in Country Bhunjia
Population in India 34,000
World Population 34,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bunjia, भूनजिया
People ID 16425
ROP3 Code 111576
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 4
Largest States
Odisha (16,000) Chhattisgarh (13,000) Maharashtra (3,000)
Madhya Pradesh (2,500)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 4
Odisha (16,000) Chhattisgarh (13,000)
Maharashtra (3,000) Madhya Pradesh (2,500)
Primary Language: Bhunjia (16,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: bhu   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 29
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Hindi (5,500) Odia (5,400) Chhattisgarhi (3,800)
Pengo (1,100) Marathi (1,000) Santhali (300)
Bhili (200) Gujarati (70) Munda (60)
Korwa (50) Bengali (40) Kharia (40)
Mal Paharia (30) Ho (30) Mundari (20)
Koda (20) Kurux (20) Telugu (10)
Halbi (10) Kannada (10)
Primary Language: Bhunjia (16,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: bhu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 29
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Hindi (5,500) Odia (5,400)
Chhattisgarhi (3,800) Pengo (1,100)
Marathi (1,000) Santhali (300)
Bhili (200) Gujarati (70)
Munda (60) Korwa (50)
Bengali (40) Kharia (40)
Mal Paharia (30) Ho (30)
Mundari (20) Koda (20)
Kurux (20) Telugu (10)
Halbi (10) Kannada (10)
Primary Language: Bhunjia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.23 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.31 %
Islam
0.62 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.79 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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