Halba in India

Joshua Project has identified the Halba only in India
Population
890,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Bastar district is sometimes described as the 'Kashmir of Chhatisgarh'. The area is rich in natural beauty, surrounded by dense forests, mountains, streams, waterfalls, natural caves, and natural parks. It is also home to some colorful tribes: the Halbas, the Bhatras and the Gonds. Among these, the Halba occupy a key position. This could be because the friendly Halba are one of the most progressive and affluent landowning tribal communities. Halba people maintain a good rapport with neighboring tribes, and also take pride in their unique cultural elements such as their costumes, language, and lifestyle.


Where Are they Located?

Though the Halba are primarily found in Chhattisgarh, they are also scattered through the neighboring states of Maharashtra and Orissa.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their literacy level is very low owing to the poor infrastructure. Villages have primary schools, but these do not function regularly. Though there are some positive changes taking place in Halba society, poor health, malnutrition, infant mortality, child marriage, and child labor are still major obstacles to significant progress. Over the past year, more than 350 people have been killed, and 50,000 have been moved into camps in the Dantewada district as a result of a Maoist uprising


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Halba are largely Hindu, with a small percentage of Muslims and Christians. Different mission agencies are involved in evangelism, and churches are being established. God's Word is the first ever printed material in Halbi – the language of the Halba. In addition to Scripture portions, a film about Jesus, gospel tracts and audio-cassettes are also available in Halbi. However, people are hesitant to make a decision to follow the Lord, so missionaries are making inroads to the community through child-care programs. Christians being viewed as low caste, illiteracy, and forced re-conversion are the main hindrances to the spread of the Gospel across this region.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Halba
People Name in Country Halba
Population in India 890,000
World Population 890,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 18 to 21
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Halba Kosthi, Halbi, Halva, Halvi, Holva, Nagbansi, Telga, हलबा
People ID 16901
ROP3 Code 112191
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Chhattisgarh
(455,000)
Maharashtra
(392,000)
Odisha
(21,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(20,000)
Gujarat
(1,500)
Telangana
(400)
Delhi
(90)
Andhra Pradesh
(70)
Goa
(10)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Chhattisgarh (455,000)
  Maharashtra (392,000)
  Odisha (21,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (20,000)
  Gujarat (1,500)
  Telangana (400)
  Delhi (90)
  Andhra Pradesh (70)
  Goa (10)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (305,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 53
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Halbi
(238,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(162,000)
Hindi
(115,000)
Odia
(8,300)
Bhatri
(4,000)
Gondi, Northern
(1,900)
English
(1,500)
Kannada
(1,000)
Pengo
(800)
Telugu
(800)
Kharia
(300)
Gujarati
(300)
Kolami, Northwestern
(200)
Koya
(200)
Punjabi, Eastern
(200)
People Groups Speaking Marathi
Primary Language Marathi (305,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 53
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Halbi (238,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (162,000)
  Hindi (115,000)
  Odia (8,300)
  Bhatri (4,000)
  Gondi, Northern (1,900)
  English (1,500)
  Kannada (1,000)
  Pengo (800)
  Telugu (800)
  Kharia (300)
  Gujarati (300)
  Kolami, Northwestern (200)
  Koya (200)
  Punjabi, Eastern (200)
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1821-2002)
Bible-NT Audio 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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.28 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.34 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
94.13 %
Islam
0.07 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
Unknown
5.12 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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