The Paliya are a disadvantaged caste, also called Poliya. Disadvantaged castes have low status in a Hindu culture. They have three sub-groups.
The Paliya people live in India’s West Bengal state and further east in Bangladesh.
They speak, read and write in Bengali. They are not vegetarians who eat meat, fish and eggs. Many of them are landless. They work mainly in agriculture. Some are in business and there are some government workers among them. The Paliya are generally not well educated, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form.
Hinduism is their religion. A Hindu might worship hundreds of gods or no god at all. They worship to gain merit and favor; their gods are not a source of guidance, nor are they beings that someone would want to have a personal relationship with.
The Paliya people need the chance to hear and respond to the person, Jesus Christ.
* Scripture Prayers for the Paliya in Bangladesh.
* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Paliya people.
* Pray for a movement of Paliya households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Paliya people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Paliya people.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Paliya|
|People Name in Country||Paliya|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Mudhpal; Pal; Palasi; Palhar; Pali; Palua; Paluh; Pol; Poligar; Poliya; पालिया|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||38 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Bengali (62,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ben Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Bengali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1801-1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Bengali|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Love Story|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Bengali|
|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 Prophets' Story|
|Film / Video||The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well|
|Film / Video||The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen|