Hijda in India

The Hijda 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 Hijra (or Hijda) are a community of eunuchs who usually dress like women. They give themselves female names and identify with being a "third gender." For centuries the hijras, very much alive and growing today, has been a traditional order in the Hindu priesthood. There are even anthropological studies of the hijras. In Gujarat the Hijra speak Gujarati and Hindi and read and write in Devanagari. In Madhya Pradesh the Hijra live in Indore.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are a religious and social part of India's life, performing ceremonies at weddings and births with rites that include dancing and playing drums. They are often used as prostitutes. They are noted for their aggressive begging, and people comply because they believe that if they don 't, a hijra's curse will cause them hardship. Some volunteered to become eunuchs while others were forced into it, often as children. Many of them smoke. The Hijras are rejected and feared by most partly because of their aggressive begging and partly because of their strange lifestyle. Hijras have been known to be brutally beaten in places like prisons, police stations and homes. They have the Hijra Kalyan Sabha and the Dai Welfare Society to look after their interests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There are Muslims and Hindus among them. They perform rituals and are under the authority of their own gurus. They identify with the Lord Krishna whom legend has it, transformed himself into a woman. Hijras are called upon to bring blessings to weddings and at the birth of newborns. They believe they are transforming their sexual energy into sacred powers.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hijras need to seek and find God's purpose for their lives.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Hijda in India.

* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give Hijras the willingness to turn and follow the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. * Pray that God will give the Hijra dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ. * Pray that the Hijra community council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead others to a movement to Christ.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-03
People Name General Hijda
People Name in Country Hijda
Population this Country 178,000
Population all Countries 178,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Brihannala; Chhaki; Fatada; Hijra; Khoja; Khojo; Khuna; Khunsa; Khusra; Kusra; Mukhamas; Mukhanna; Paraiya; Pavaiya; Pavaya; Sikhandi; Susra; हिजड़ा
People ID 16925
ROP3 Code 112223
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 8
Largest States
Maharashtra
165,000
Uttar Pradesh
6,400
Gujarat
2,900
Bihar
2,500
Madhya Pradesh
500
Uttarakhand
500
Rajasthan
300
Telangana
20
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 8
  Maharashtra 165,000
  Uttar Pradesh 6,400
  Gujarat 2,900
  Bihar 2,500
  Madhya Pradesh 500
  Uttarakhand 500
  Rajasthan 300
  Telangana 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (76,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Marathi
73,000
Urdu
15,000
Gujarati
9,400
Konkani
4,600
Bhojpuri
100
Telugu
20
Primary Language Hindi (76,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 73,000
  Urdu 15,000
  Gujarati 9,400
  Konkani 4,600
  Bhojpuri 100
  Telugu 20
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
88.12 %
Islam
11.88 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Adam Jones  Creative Commons 
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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