Dhanka Bhil in India

The Dhanka Bhil have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The name Dhanka is related to the word hill or bow. Others claim their name is related to a term for forest dweller. Some believe they are one of the Bhil subgroups. Dhanka are a scheduled tribe except in Madhya Pradesh. They live in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They no longer have any land for farming so they migrate to the cities. The Dhanka often work in electricity and waterworks departments. The literacy of the Dhanka is 65%, one of the highest of the tribes of Rajasthan. Although the Dhanka are known as hard workers, they are often very poor. They need a proper share of reservation land. On the death of the father, all of the children get the same share of the property. The bereaved and divorced can marry again. The Dhanka people only marry within their community. They have a traditional council. They prefer traditional medicine, but they use modern medicines in more serious cases.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion. Spiritual beliefs of Hindus are very diverse from those who worship only one god to those who worship hundreds of them to those who are philosophical and do not worship any.


What Are Their Needs?

Dhanka people need fair job opportunities.


Prayer Points

Pray for them to experience the spiritual and social blessings of Christ who came to give life to the full. Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will give them the willingness to consider the claims of Christ. Pray that Indian believers will help lead them into a disciple making movement.


Scripture Prayers for the Bhil Dhanka in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhil Dhanka
People Name in Country Bhil Dhanka
Natural Name Dhanka Bhil
Alternate Names भील ढँका
Population this Country 235,000
Population all Countries 235,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
People ID 21012
ROP3 Code 117863
ROP25 Code 301152
ROP25 Name Bhil
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 2
Largest States
Gujarat
208,000
Maharashtra
24,000
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 2
  Gujarat 208,000
  Maharashtra 24,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.33 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.40 %
Islam
0.19 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.07 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (245,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 33
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhili
22,000
Marathi
18,000
Vasavi
6,300
Dangi
2,900
Hindi
800
Khandesi
500
Bareli, Pauri
300
Mawchi
300
Gamit
200
Haryanvi
200
Marwari (India)
100
Dungra Bhil
60
Bareli, Rathwi
60
Ahirani
30
Wagdi
20
Primary Language Gujarati (245,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 33
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhili 22,000
  Marathi 18,000
  Vasavi 6,300
  Dangi 2,900
  Hindi 800
  Khandesi 500
  Bareli, Pauri 300
  Mawchi 300
  Gamit 200
  Haryanvi 200
  Marwari (India) 100
  Dungra Bhil 60
  Bareli, Rathwi 60
  Ahirani 30
  Wagdi 20
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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