Deha in India

Joshua Project has identified the Deha only in India
Population
26,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Deha people have their own dialect of Haryanvi, the language of their native state of Haryana. Not surprisingly, the dialect is called Deha. Most of them speak this language with members of their own community, but they speak Hindi with outsiders.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally the Deha people weaved winnowing fans used to sift wheat from chaff, but today most of them sell cloth.

They marry as adults. If one spouse dies, their widow or widower can marry the deceased's sibling. For some reason divorce has become more common among the Deha people since India's independence in 1947.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The 21,000 Deha people are Hindus who worship Kali, the goddess of destruction along with regional deities. Instead of relying on the priestly Brahmins, they have their own sacred specialists to perform ceremonies.


What Are Their Needs?

The Deha people have a low literacy rate even for a scheduled caste.


Prayer Points

Pray for followers of Christ to help the Deha people with literacy and economic development. Pray that they will soon give praise and worship to the King. Pray for a spiritual openness to the ways of Christ.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-19
People Name General Deha
People Name in Country Deha
Population in India 26,000
World Population 26,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Balmiki, Bangale, Bangali, Chhajwale, Chuhra, Dahe, Daiya, Dea, Dhaya, Dhea, Dheya, Sajghare, दहा
People ID 16685
ROP3 Code 111908
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Haryana
(14,000)
Punjab
(11,000)
Chandigarh
(100)
Himachal Pradesh
(100)
Mizoram
(100)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Haryana (14,000)
  Punjab (11,000)
  Chandigarh (100)
  Himachal Pradesh (100)
  Mizoram (100)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (11,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Hindi
(11,000)
Haryanvi
(1,700)
Bagri
(200)
Pahari, Mahasu
(20)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (11,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Hindi (11,000)
  Haryanvi (1,700)
  Bagri (200)
  Pahari, Mahasu (20)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1959-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.38 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.62 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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