Bhunjia in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Chinda 900
Choukutia 900

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  
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People Name General Bhunjia
People Name in Country Bhunjia
Population in India 27,000
World Population 28,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bunjia, भूनजिया
People ID 16425
ROP3 Code 111576
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 4
Largest States
Odisha
12,000
Chhattisgarh
11,000
Maharashtra
2,200
Madhya Pradesh
1,600
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 4
  Odisha 12,000
  Chhattisgarh 11,000
  Maharashtra 2,200
  Madhya Pradesh 1,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhunjia (14,000 speakers)
Language Code bhu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
4,900
Hindi
4,300
Chhattisgarhi
3,100
Marathi
900
Pengo
800
Gujarati
100
Bhili
70
Santhali
30
Bengali
20
Telugu
20
Kannada
20
Kacchi
20
Koda
20
Kharia
20
Munda
20
Primary Language Bhunjia (14,000 speakers)
Language Code bhu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 4,900
  Hindi 4,300
  Chhattisgarhi 3,100
  Marathi 900
  Pengo 800
  Gujarati 100
  Bhili 70
  Santhali 30
  Bengali 20
  Telugu 20
  Kannada 20
  Kacchi 20
  Koda 20
  Kharia 20
  Munda 20
People Groups Speaking Bhunjia

Primary Language:  Bhunjia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.63 %
Islam
0.14 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.07 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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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