Mina Bhil in India

The Bhil Mina have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The word mina means fish. The Meena tribe is believed to be a mixture of more than one tribe. It seems the fisher men community called Meenavar eventually became Meena, who are notoriously known as thieves and robbers. The Mina Bhil are a scheduled tribe which means they have low status in Hindu society. They have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be given in oral forms. They live in a swarth of land from Rajasthan in the west to Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in central India. The Mina Bhil in Rajasthan speak Vagri and Bhil. Some of them can speak Hindi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Meenas like to stay scattered. Most of the hills have not more than two or three houses. Each of these houses will have a single room and a single entrance. Since there are no windows, a door is the only source for light to creep in. This is ideal in a land of extreme climates. In summer when there is no agricultural activity, many of the men will be involved in making tiles. They bake hand-made clay tiles in fire. Ladies kill time by making brooms and mats from palm branches. To beat boredom some will be distilling liquor. Country liquor made from the mova flower is the common and favorite hot drink in the season. In summer, water is very scarce. In some places they even use sand to wash vessels! Water is precious in most places and fetching them is harder. Women walk quite a long away with several pots on head; this is a common scene in Rajasthan. Lack of education, illiteracy and lack of access to proper facilities keep the Meena under the clutches of several sicknesses. Tuberculosis and death during delivery is common in the villages. Though pastures are scanty, several of them are also involved in tending cattle, trying to make a living by the sale of milk products. They do not intermarry with other tribes. The younger brother of a deceased can marry his widow. It is told that a married man has freedom and access to his older brother's wife and wife's younger sister. Drums and dances are usual in weddings and other festivals. As the drum beats tightens, dresses loosen, and the dance can become indecent.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are officially Hindu, but many of their beliefs are unique to them. In the empty slopes of a hill among the cactus were found stones installed and wooden poles stood with flags. These are places of offerings and chants. Meena in Udaipur area, worship spirits and the chief among them is 'Magarababji'. Meena believe in life after death and rebirth. Those who do well in this life are supposed to be born as stars in the next birth.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mina Bhil people need to put Jesus Christ first in their lives so He can give them the abundant life He offers those who call Him lord.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhil Mina in India.

* Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him. * Pray that gospel recordings will lead them to salvation. * Pray for spiritual discernment and a hunger for truth.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhil Mina
People Name in Country Bhil Mina
Natural Name Mina Bhil
Population this Country 107,000
Population all Countries 107,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Bhil Meena; Panka; भील मीना
People ID 16484
ROP3 Code 111653
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Rajasthan
105,000
Madhya Pradesh
1,900
Chhattisgarh
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Rajasthan 105,000
  Madhya Pradesh 1,900
  Chhattisgarh 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bhili (49,000 speakers)
Language Code bhb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Wagdi
32,000
Mewari
20,000
Hindi
4,500
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Marwari
400
Dhundari
90
Marathi
90
Gujarati
80
Haroti: Harauti
60
Khandesi
50
Merwari
30
Korwa
Primary Language Bhili (49,000 speakers)
Language Code bhb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Wagdi 32,000
  Mewari 20,000
  Hindi 4,500
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
  Marwari 400
  Dhundari 90
  Marathi 90
  Gujarati 80
  Haroti: Harauti 60
  Khandesi 50
  Merwari 30
  Korwa 0
People Groups Speaking Bhili

Primary Language:  Bhili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1916-1996)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1930)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhili
Film / Video The Way Home
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.11 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.72 %
Islam
0.12 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.03 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Jim Myers 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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