Birjia in India


Population
12,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

"Oh, this hand of mine!" said the young Birjia woman. She went on to explain in a matter of fact way, tenderly lifting her limply hanging left hand with the right one: "Last year I met with an accident and broke this hand. I don't have enough money to go to the town hospital. Initially there was pain, but now, not much, and I got used to working with one hand. You see, as well as that my husband passed away a few months ago, and I'm earning for the whole family." This Birjia woman, not in a position to afford medical treatment for her broken hand, had managed to live with it!


Where Are they Located?

Birjia, or Birgia, people are also known as the Bijori. They live mainly in Jharkahand, and some parts of Chhattisgarh. They basically live in the interior of the forests and do not have proper access to the outside world; as a result they lack education and proper medical facilities. Their forest territory is inhabited by a lot of wild animals. The wild animals constantly pose a threat to their crops and their lives.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Despite such a small population of Birjia, there are some Christians, the reason being their receptivity to the Gospel message. It is good to see some Birjia Christians working as pastors, reaching their own people with the Good News. There are also some cross-cultural evangelists. The people are very positive towards any Christian activity. One Birjia Christian is very interested in translating God's Word into his mother tongue. These people are in need of education, medical help and community development. A strong Birjia Christian community would be established only if God's Word is given to them in the language they can best understand - Birjia.


What Are Their Needs?

Birjia people are economically very poor; most of them still depend on forest products for their livelihood now. They are short-statured and not very healthy, due to malnutrition. The literacy rate is also very low among them. However the people are very good-natured, and are happy to see outsiders. They warmly welcome even a stranger, and offer to help in every possible way.


Prayer Points

* The often neglected Birjia people to be given benefits from the government.
* Christian workers to go as educationalists, medical workers, Bible translators and literacy workers.
* The growing number of Birjia Christians to be rooted in God's Word.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Birjia
People Name in Country Birjia
Population in India 12,000
World Population 12,300
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 2
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names बिरजिया
People ID 16463
ROP3 Code 111627
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 7
Largest States
Jharkhand
6,300
Odisha
3,900
West Bengal
1,200
Maharashtra
400
Assam
400
Bihar
200
Tripura
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 7
  Jharkhand 6,300
  Odisha 3,900
  West Bengal 1,200
  Maharashtra 400
  Assam 400
  Bihar 200
  Tripura 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bijori (7,300 speakers)
Language Code bix   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Hindi
2,600
Odia
1,800
Bengali
300
Assamese
300
Munda
200
Santhali
100
Bhojpuri
70
Magahi
50
Marathi
40
Mundari
20
Urdu
10
Other People Groups Speaking Bijori
Primary Language Bijori (7,300 speakers)
Language Code bix   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 2,600
  Odia 1,800
  Bengali 300
  Assamese 300
  Munda 200
  Santhali 100
  Bhojpuri 70
  Magahi 50
  Marathi 40
  Mundari 20
  Urdu 10
People Groups Speaking Bijori

Primary Language:  Bijori

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
15.38 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
61.13 %
Islam
0.30 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
23.08 %
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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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