Bhuinmali in India


Population
188,000
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 188,000
World Population 298,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bhisunder, Bhuimali, Bhuinya, Bhuisundar, Malakar, Mali, Siddiputra, भुंमाली
People ID 16426
ROP3 Code 111577
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 13
Largest States
West Bengal
(103,000)
Assam
(82,000)
Tripura
(800)
Meghalaya
(400)
Andaman and Nicobar
(300)
Maharashtra
(300)
Nagaland
(200)
Delhi
(100)
Arunachal Pradesh
(80)
Mizoram
(50)
Himachal Pradesh
(20)
Punjab
(20)
Madhya Pradesh
(10)
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 13
  West Bengal (103,000)
  Assam (82,000)
  Tripura (800)
  Meghalaya (400)
  Andaman and Nicobar (300)
  Maharashtra (300)
  Nagaland (200)
  Delhi (100)
  Arunachal Pradesh (80)
  Mizoram (50)
  Himachal Pradesh (20)
  Punjab (20)
  Madhya Pradesh (10)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (115,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Assamese
(58,000)
Hindi
(4,000)
Amri Karbi
(1,300)
Sadri
(900)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (115,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Assamese (58,000)
  Hindi (4,000)
  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
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
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
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 %
Photo Source India Missions Association   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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