According to their traditional beliefs, the Bhogta people emerged from a union of religious preachers and tribal women. The children from these unions became the Bhogta people, most of whom now live in India's eastern states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, and Bihar. There are over 250,000 of them.
The Bhogta people are a scheduled caste (Dalit) according to "The Scheduled Castes." Yet they claim status as Kshatrya status (second highest caste grouping), and even wear the sacred thread reserved for high caste Hindus. They seem to have higher status than most scheduled castes. Brahmins perform their marriage rituals, something they will not do for just any scheduled caste.
The Bhogta people were traditionally farmers, though they also made rope, cots, and parched rice for a living. Today some of them are day-laborers on tea plantations, while others work in private and government services.
The Bhogta people are 100 percent Hindu. They worship their ancestors and family deities.
This predominantly rural community has an exceptionally low literacy rate, but they are very fond of listening to the radio.
* Pray for believers to develop special radio broadcasts for the Bhogta people.
* Pray for believers to also provide ways for the Bhogta people to obtain small business loans so they can find a way out of being day laborers.
* May God be glorified, and His Kingdom extended among the Bhogta people.
Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|People Name General||Bhogta|
|People Name in Country||Bhogta|
|Population in India||265,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||5|
|Alternate Names||Pradhan, भिस्ती|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||5|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Hindi (196,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||hin Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Hindi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1811-1998)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|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||Father's 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)|
|Film / Video||The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)|