Bhunjia in India


Population
41,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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 41,000
World Population 42,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bunjia, भूनजिया
People ID 16425
ROP3 Code 111576
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Odisha
(23,000)
Chhattisgarh
(12,000)
Maharashtra
(2,900)
Madhya Pradesh
(2,700)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Odisha (23,000)
  Chhattisgarh (12,000)
  Maharashtra (2,900)
  Madhya Pradesh (2,700)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhunjia (21,000 speakers)
Language Code bhu   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
(8,500)
Hindi
(5,900)
Chhattisgarhi
(3,500)
Marathi
(1,000)
Pengo
(900)
Santhali
(400)
Munda
(200)
Bhili
(200)
Korwa
(100)
Ho
(90)
Bengali
(70)
Gujarati
(70)
Mundari
(30)
Koda
(20)
Telugu
(10)
People Groups Speaking Bhunjia
Primary Language Bhunjia (21,000 speakers)
Language Code bhu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia (8,500)
  Hindi (5,900)
  Chhattisgarhi (3,500)
  Marathi (1,000)
  Pengo (900)
  Santhali (400)
  Munda (200)
  Bhili (200)
  Korwa (100)
  Ho (90)
  Bengali (70)
  Gujarati (70)
  Mundari (30)
  Koda (20)
  Telugu (10)
People Groups Speaking Bhunjia

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
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.29 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.18 %
Islam
0.16 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.33 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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