Almost all of the members of the Halleer community live in rural parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
They were once hunters and gatherers, but now most of them are musicians who play at social functions like weddings. They are also engaged with many forms of farm work. During lean times they do basket weaving and honey gathering. In two separate Hindu temples in Maharashtra some of their women have become Devadasis, or Hindu temple prostitutes.
The Halleer people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.
This Hindu community has not been exposed to the gospel. They do not have their own language. Instead, they use the main language of whatever state they live in; Marathi in Maharashtra, and Kannada in Karnataka. Both languages have many Christian materials including New Testaments and the JESUS Film.
Pray for evangelistic materials to find their way into every Halleer home.
Pray for spiritual hunger that will lead Haleer people to seek and find the only savior.
Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among the Halleer people.
Pray for workers, sent and equipped by the Holy Spirit.
Scripture Prayers for the Halleer in India.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Halleer|
|People Name in Country||Halleer|
|Alternate Names||Bajantri; Sahanai; हाल्लीर|
|Population this Country||5,300|
|Population all Countries||5,300|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|ROP25 Name||Haleer / Halleer|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||6|
|Districts||Interactive map, listing and data download|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Konkani, Goan (2,300 speakers)|
|Language Code||gom Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Konkani, Goan
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1818-1999)|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Konkani, Goan||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Konkani, Goan||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Konkani, Goan||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|