Bhogta in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bhogta only in India
Population
275,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bhogta people are 100 percent Hindu. They worship their ancestors and family deities.


What Are Their Needs?

This predominantly rural community has an exceptionally low literacy rate, but they are very fond of listening to the radio.


Prayer Points

* 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.


References

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


People Name General Bhogta
People Name in Country Bhogta
Population in India 275,000
World Population 275,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Pradhan, भिस्ती
People ID 16428
ROP3 Code 111579
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 5
Largest States
Jharkhand (234,000) West Bengal (25,000) Bihar (16,000)
Andaman and Nicobar (70) Odisha (10)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 5
Jharkhand (234,000) West Bengal (25,000)
Bihar (16,000) Andaman and Nicobar (70)
Odisha (10)
Primary Language: Hindi (202,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 8
Secondary Languages:
Sadri (33,000) Bengali (19,000) Magahi (4,000)
Bhojpuri (3,600) Odia (500) Angika (200)
Maithili (100)
Primary Language: Hindi (202,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 8
Secondary Languages:
Sadri (33,000) Bengali (19,000)
Magahi (4,000) Bhojpuri (3,600)
Odia (500) Angika (200)
Maithili (100)
Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible 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 Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.01 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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