Bhantu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhantu only in India
Population
26,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Bhantu are also known as Sahaisi or Sahasi, which means "brave."


Where Are they Located?

They are found mostly in Uttar Pradesh. Between 1926 and 1928, the British took about three hundred of them from Uttar Pradesh to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bhantu were previously thieves. They are a community that the British listed, in their Criminal Tribes Act of 1871, as criminal. The stigma stuck a century-and-a-half later – despite the Act's demise in 1952, despite being referred to officially now as a "denotified tribe." Today they work in government and other agencies. A number of them are farmers.

They speak Bhantu at home, but are also conversant with Hindi.

Brides are gained through negotiation or by courtship with a bride-price being very common.

Most of the Bhantu have no land of their own.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Bhantu are Hindu. They observe all Hindu festivals and employ Brahmin priests to perform their religious rites. They rarely perform ancestor worship. Shankar Bhagwan is their family deity and Sherawali Mata and Hanuman are village deities.

Some have embraced Christianity.


What Are Their Needs?

Their level of literacy is high but they struggle to find work. There is a lack of higher and technical education.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhantu
People Name in Country Bhantu
Population in India 26,000
World Population 26,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bhatu, Sahaisi, Sahasi, भंतु
People ID 16427
ROP3 Code 111578
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 5
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
(25,000)
Uttarakhand
(400)
Andaman and Nicobar
(300)
Maharashtra
(200)
Madhya Pradesh
(50)
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 5
  Uttar Pradesh (25,000)
  Uttarakhand (400)
  Andaman and Nicobar (300)
  Maharashtra (200)
  Madhya Pradesh (50)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (22,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Kanauji
(1,800)
Awadhi
(600)
Garhwali
(200)
Kumaoni
(100)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (22,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Kanauji (1,800)
  Awadhi (600)
  Garhwali (200)
  Kumaoni (100)
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1818-2000)
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 Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
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 Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.09 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.91 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Arpan Indrekar  
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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