Parhaiya in India


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Introduction / History

The name Parahiya literally means "the burners of the forest" or "hill dweller." The Parahiya tribe live in the Sonbhadra District of the Uttar Pradesh in North India. The area they live in is mostly hilly and isolated from other settlements.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Parahiya people rely on the forest for their sustenance. The majority of the Parahiya people work on collecting various types of forest produce such as roots, fruits and leaves and sell them at the local markets. Hunting is also one of the major sources of income.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Parahiya 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.


What Are Their Needs?

They need Christ followers from neighboring tribes to help them gain access to the gospel. The Parahiya people need a John 10:10 blessing: The abundant life Jesus offers those who are willing to submit to his lordship.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Parhaiya culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Parhaiya people.
Pray that soon the Parhaiya people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.
Pray that their interactions in marketplaces will lead them to Christ and thereby salvation.


Scripture Prayers for the Parhaiya in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parahiya


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Parhaiya
People Name in Country Parhaiya
Alternate Names Baiga; Maler; Pandubasi; Parahiya; परहया
Population this Country 37,000
Population all Countries 44,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17850
ROP3 Code 113324
ROP25 Code 306568
ROP25 Name Parhaiya
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Jharkhand
30,000
Uttar Pradesh
3,900
West Bengal
1,100
Bihar
800
Odisha
60
Uttarakhand
60
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Jharkhand 30,000
  Uttar Pradesh 3,900
  West Bengal 1,100
  Bihar 800
  Odisha 60
  Uttarakhand 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.77 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
94.04 %
Islam
0.24 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
4.93 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (19,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 30
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Magahi
5,200
Sadri
3,600
Mal Paharia
1,100
Bengali
700
Maithili
400
Bhojpuri
200
Pahari
200
Surjapuri
80
Santhali
40
Odia
30
Garhwali
30
Kumaoni
20
Nepali
20
Chhattisgarhi
20
Kanauji
20
Primary Language Hindi (19,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 30
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Magahi 5,200
  Sadri 3,600
  Mal Paharia 1,100
  Bengali 700
  Maithili 400
  Bhojpuri 200
  Pahari 200
  Surjapuri 80
  Santhali 40
  Odia 30
  Garhwali 30
  Kumaoni 20
  Nepali 20
  Chhattisgarhi 20
  Kanauji 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  (1818-2022)
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