Kharia in India


Population
797,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Kharia (Lewa Kunbi) people live in the Western Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. They have gotras such as Shendilya, Kashyap and Bharadwaj. They are known as Lewa Patil.

They speak the Marathi and Telegu languages and use the Devanagari script. A few of them also speak Hindi. The incidence of colour-blindness is reported in 5 percent of the Kharia population.

The Kharia men are non-vegetarian but their women are vegetarian. Jowar is their staple cereal and they eat rice occasionally. The economy of the Lewa Kunbi is mainly based on agriculture. They either cultivate their own land or work for others on a share-cropping basis. They participate in the local weekly markets. The problem of alcoholism is prevalent among the men.

The Kharia generally follow monogamy. The women contribute to the family economy as wage earners and take part in socio-religious activities. In a marriage a series of rituals are performed simultaneously at the bride and groom's residences. Marriage rituals include the thread wearing ceremony, the exchange of garlands and circumambulating the sacred fire seven times.

The Kharia have an association, which looks after the socio-economic development of the community. They cremate the dead and observe death pollution for ten days.

The Kharia worship both family and village deities. The Brahmin officiates as a priest at their rituals. Their traditional customs prevent them from exchanging water and cooked food with certain communities, such as, the Bhangi, Chamar and Mahar. Ancestor worship is also prevalent among them. Diwali is the main festival celebrated by the Lewa Kunbi.

Alternate names: Kunbi Khaire, Kunbi Lonari, Kunbi Tirole, Kunbi Hindre.


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Kharia people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* That the LKharia people may be freed from alcoholism, ancestors' worship, colour-blindness and be able to accept all the communities without caste prejudice.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Kharia
People Name in Country Kharia
Population in India 797,000
World Population 808,500
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Haria, Khaire Kunbi, Kharvi, Kulu, Kunbi, खारिया
People ID 17153
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 20
Largest States
Odisha (251,000) Jharkhand (222,000) Assam (202,000)
West Bengal (54,000) Chhattisgarh (54,000) Arunachal Pradesh (3,000)
Madhya Pradesh (2,500) Andaman and Nicobar (2,100) Bihar (1,900)
Tripura (1,800) Maharashtra (1,200) Nagaland (700)
Meghalaya (200) Delhi (200) Gujarat (70)
Chandigarh (40) Goa (30) Himachal Pradesh (20)
Uttar Pradesh (20) Punjab (10)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 20
Odisha (251,000) Jharkhand (222,000)
Assam (202,000) West Bengal (54,000)
Chhattisgarh (54,000) Arunachal Pradesh (3,000)
Madhya Pradesh (2,500) Andaman and Nicobar (2,100)
Bihar (1,900) Tripura (1,800)
Maharashtra (1,200) Nagaland (700)
Meghalaya (200) Delhi (200)
Gujarat (70) Chandigarh (40)
Goa (30) Himachal Pradesh (20)
Uttar Pradesh (20) Punjab (10)
Primary Language: Kharia (319,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: khr   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 55
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Assamese (143,000) Oriya (116,000) Bengali (69,000)
Hindi (69,000) Chhattisgarhi (22,000) Marathi (4,200)
Santhali (3,300) Kurux (2,400) Mundari (2,300)
Koda (1,800) Sadri (1,400) Ho (1,400)
Punjabi, Eastern (1,200) Munda (1,100) Monpa, Tawang (300)
Chin, Falam (300) Kuvi (300) Gujarati (200)
Telugu (100) Kannada (90)
Primary Language: Kharia (319,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: khr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 55
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Assamese (143,000) Oriya (116,000)
Bengali (69,000) Hindi (69,000)
Chhattisgarhi (22,000) Marathi (4,200)
Santhali (3,300) Kurux (2,400)
Mundari (2,300) Koda (1,800)
Sadri (1,400) Ho (1,400)
Punjabi, Eastern (1,200) Munda (1,100)
Monpa, Tawang (300) Chin, Falam (300)
Kuvi (300) Gujarati (200)
Telugu (100) Kannada (90)
Primary Language: Kharia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1951)
New Testament Yes   (1992)
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kharia
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
20.97 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
72.69 %
Islam
0.08 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
6.24 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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