Kataria Bhil in India

The Bhil Kataria have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

There are two divisions of Bhil: the Central or "pure" Bhil, and the Eastern or part-Rajput Bhil. The Central Bhil live in the mountain regions of India, particularly in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. They are known as the connecting link between the Gujarati and the Rajasthani. They speak Bhili, which is an Indo-Aryan language.

Many years ago, Bhil rajas (kings) permitted immigrants from the plains to settle in the hill regions. To safeguard their independence and rule, the Bhil fought against the Moghals, the Maratha and the British Raj.

The Kataria Bhil people have always been experts in handling bows and arrows. In fact, the name "Bhil" was derived from the word billee, which means "bow." For years, the bow has been a characteristic weapon of the tribe, and the men usually carry their bows and arrows with them. They are known for their rugged independence, but also for their banditry.


Where Are they Located?

The Kataria Bhil people live mainly in Rajasthan and Maharashtra.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Bhil are being threatened by the Sardar Saravor Dam Project, which when completed will flood the land where many Bhil currently live. Though re-settlement plans have been discussed, they remain incomplete.

Today, the Kataria Bhil primarily work as farmers, field laborers and village watchmen. With a growth in population, most of their land holdings are small and generally non-productive. The women wear brightly colored clothes. The city boys are distinctive from other Hindus because they tie rags around their heads, wear earrings, and carry swords or guns.

The Kataria Bhil are usually shy and love their independence. Festivals, dance, drama, and music are a large part of their culture. The length and enthusiasm for these events is usually directly proportional to the amount of alcohol that is consumed.

The Kataria Bhil usually marry within their own classes. If they do marry someone of another class, the person of the lower class must convert to the higher, leaving behind all family ties. This custom is strictly enforced among the Bhil tribes.

Each Kataria Bhil village is led by a head man who deals with disputes. Respect among family members is strong, and there is a great sense of connection between the living and the dead. Property is shared equally by the male descendants. Bhil villages are rather widely scattered. The houses are located in fields where they grow millet, maize, wheat, and barley. Bhil highlanders live in tidy houses made with walls of sticks intertwined with small branches. The roofs (shaped like bee-hives), are usually made of clay tiles, but are sometimes made of straw and leaves.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of the Kataria Bhil practice ethnic religions that have been highly influenced by Hinduism. They consider Shiva to be the supreme god. Ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) is also popular. They call upon shamans (priests) to offer sacrifices to their many gods and mud idols.


What Are Their Needs?

Much intercession is needed to see Kataria Bhil eyes opened to the truth.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhil Kataria in India.

* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Kataria Bhil people.
* Pray for a movement of Kataria Bhil households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Kataria Bhil 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 Kataria Bhil people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16414/IN
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Bhil
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhil_Kataria
http://www.ecoindia.com/tribes/bhils.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhil_people
http://www.indianmirror.com/tribes/bhiltribe.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Central Bhil profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Bhil Kataria
People Name in Country Bhil Kataria
Natural Name Kataria Bhil
Population this Country 31,000
Population all Countries 31,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Katariya; Kattari; Khetiya; भील कटारिया
People ID 21015
ROP3 Code 117866
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Rajasthan
29,000
Maharashtra
1,200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Rajasthan 29,000
  Maharashtra 1,200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Wagdi (17,000 speakers)
Language Code wbr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Bhili
9,400
Hindi
1,600
Marathi
1,000
Mewari
1,000
Punjabi, Eastern
200
Telugu
100
Gujarati
60
Primary Language Wagdi (17,000 speakers)
Language Code wbr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Bhili 9,400
  Hindi 1,600
  Marathi 1,000
  Mewari 1,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 200
  Telugu 100
  Gujarati 60
People Groups Speaking Wagdi

Primary Language:  Wagdi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2000)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Wagdi
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.72 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.03 %
Islam
0.15 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.10 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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