Halba in India

The Halba 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.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Kuduk 3,900
Nagbansi 3,800

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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.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Halba in India.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Halba
People Name in Country Halba
Pronunciation HAHL-bah
Population this Country 859,000
Population all Countries 859,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 17
Alternate Names Halba Kosthi; Halbi; Halva; Halvi; Holva; Nagbansi; Telga; हलबा
People ID 16901
ROP3 Code 112191
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 9
Largest States
Chhattisgarh
510,000
Maharashtra
307,000
Odisha
23,000
Madhya Pradesh
17,000
Gujarat
1,700
Telangana
400
Delhi
90
Andhra Pradesh
70
Goa
10
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 9
  Chhattisgarh 510,000
  Maharashtra 307,000
  Odisha 23,000
  Madhya Pradesh 17,000
  Gujarat 1,700
  Telangana 400
  Delhi 90
  Andhra Pradesh 70
  Goa 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (270,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 54
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Halbi
228,000
Chhattisgarhi
161,000
Hindi
105,000
Odia
8,200
Bhatri
4,100
Gondi, Northern
1,900
English
1,200
Kannada
1,000
Pengo
800
Telugu
800
Desiya
500
Kharia
300
Koya
200
Gujarati
200
Kolami, Northwestern
200
Primary Language Marathi (270,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 54
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Halbi 228,000
  Chhattisgarhi 161,000
  Hindi 105,000
  Odia 8,200
  Bhatri 4,100
  Gondi, Northern 1,900
  English 1,200
  Kannada 1,000
  Pengo 800
  Telugu 800
  Desiya 500
  Kharia 300
  Koya 200
  Gujarati 200
  Kolami, Northwestern 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  (1821-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zúme Training
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
95.59 %
Islam
0.17 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
3.81 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more