Bhuinmali in India


Population
181,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

"If I had such a beautiful woman in my house, I would cheerfully perform the most menial offices for her." This was definitely the wrong thing to say at the wrong time. This wise-crack was supposedly uttered by a Bhuimali man who was attending a feast hosted by Parvati, the beautiful wife of the Hindu god Siva. Impressed by her beauty and grace, he made this remark, and incurred the wrath of her husband, who is also the Hindu god of destruction. Siva gave this Bhuimali man a beautiful wife, and made him spend his days as her sweeper. Becoming a sweeper meant that the Bhuimali people were demoted, so to speak, from the low caste Sudras, to being outside the caste system. That is their traditional explanation for why they are now a scheduled caste.


Where Are they Located?

The Bhuimalis are mainly a landless agricultural group, though some work for government agencies. They are from the Bengali cluster of people groups. Most of them live in India's West Bengal state, though others live scattered throughout the smaller northeastern states.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bhuimali people are Hindus who focus their worship on Hindu gods. Surprisingly, Siva is still one of the gods they worship. Local priest perform rituals and sacrifices for them.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Kingdom of God to come to the Bhuimalis, and give them the understanding that they have the dignity of being created in the image of God.
* Pray that they will soon worship the God of Creation only, and put their full trust in Jesus Christ.


References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Bhuinmali
People Name in Country Bhuinmali
Population in India 181,000
World Population 290,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bhisunder, Bhuimali, Bhuinya, Bhuisundar, Malakar, Mali, Siddiputra, भुंमाली
People ID 16426
ROP3 Code 111577
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Bhuinmali
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups on file 4
Largest Subgroups
Hari
73,000
Mehtar
9,200
Bara Bhuinmali
0
Chhoto Bhuinmali
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Bhuinmali
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 4
  Hari 73,000
  Mehtar 9,200
  Bara Bhuinmali 0
  Chhoto Bhuinmali 0
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 12
Largest States
West Bengal
100,000
Assam
79,000
Tripura
700
Meghalaya
400
Andaman and Nicobar
300
Maharashtra
200
Nagaland
100
Delhi
80
Arunachal Pradesh
70
Mizoram
20
Punjab
20
Himachal Pradesh
10
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 12
  West Bengal 100,000
  Assam 79,000
  Tripura 700
  Meghalaya 400
  Andaman and Nicobar 300
  Maharashtra 200
  Nagaland 100
  Delhi 80
  Arunachal Pradesh 70
  Mizoram 20
  Punjab 20
  Himachal Pradesh 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (113,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Assamese
58,000
Hindi
7,200
Amri Karbi
1,300
Sadri
900
Other People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (113,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Assamese 58,000
  Hindi 7,200
  Amri Karbi 1,300
  Sadri 900
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.04 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.18 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.78 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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 latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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