Bhogta in India

The Bhogta have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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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)


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Bhogta
People Name in Country Bhogta
Population in India 265,000
World Population 265,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Pradhan, भिस्ती
People ID 16428
ROP3 Code 111579
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 5
Largest States
Jharkhand
225,000
West Bengal
25,000
Bihar
16,000
Andaman and Nicobar
70
Odisha
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 5
  Jharkhand 225,000
  West Bengal 25,000
  Bihar 16,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 70
  Odisha 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (196,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Sadri
33,000
Bengali
19,000
Magahi
9,300
Bhojpuri
5,900
Odia
500
Angika
200
Maithili
100
Sadri, Oraon
Primary Language Hindi (196,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Sadri 33,000
  Bengali 19,000
  Magahi 9,300
  Bhojpuri 5,900
  Odia 500
  Angika 200
  Maithili 100
  Sadri, Oraon 10
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 Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.09 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.79 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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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