Vasave Bhil in India

The Vasave Bhil have only been reported in India
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Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Vassave people were hunters and gatherers. They are a subgroup of the Bhil tribes and a scheduled tribe of Maharashtra. In Gujarat, the Vasave are the largest of the Bhil peoples. They are called Vassava in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and Vassave in Rajasthan.


Where Are they Located?

This Bhil subgroup lives in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat, three states in western India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their work is in agriculture, laboring, managing and looking after animals. Many work as construction workers, but there are also doctors and engineers among them. They have a traditional council to look after their interests. They speak Bhil and Marathi.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion though some of them have become Christians. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Vassave people are 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?

The Vassave people need the chance to find their way to the only Savior, Jesus Christ. There are few believers in their part of India.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Vassave 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 Vassave people.
Pray that soon the Vassave people will have faith that is more precious and durable than gold.


Scripture Prayers for the Bhil Vasave in India.


References

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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Central Bhil profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-11-19
People Name General Bhil Vasave
People Name in Country Bhil Vasave
Natural Name Vasave Bhil
Population this Country 1,392,000
Population all Countries 1,392,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 28
Alternate Names Vasava; Wasawe; भील वासवे
People ID 21022
ROP3 Code 117874
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
Maharashtra
727,000
Gujarat
655,000
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Maharashtra 727,000
  Gujarat 655,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Vasavi (712,000 speakers)
Language Code vas   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Gujarati
183,000
Marathi
145,000
Bhili
38,000
Khandesi
30,000
Bareli, Pauri
23,000
Dungra Bhil
13,000
Sindhi Bhil
12,000
Bareli, Rathwi
5,400
Bareli, Palya
3,000
Mawchi
2,800
Hindi
1,900
Ahirani
1,200
Urdu
1,000
Dangi
300
Primary Language Vasavi (712,000 speakers)
Language Code vas   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Gujarati 183,000
  Marathi 145,000
  Bhili 38,000
  Khandesi 30,000
  Bareli, Pauri 23,000
  Dungra Bhil 13,000
  Sindhi Bhil 12,000
  Bareli, Rathwi 5,400
  Bareli, Palya 3,000
  Mawchi 2,800
  Hindi 1,900
  Ahirani 1,200
  Urdu 1,000
  Dangi 300
People Groups Speaking Vasavi

Primary Language:  Vasavi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1998)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1930-2021)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Vasavi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.77 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.56 %
Islam
1.18 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
1.45 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Belurmath - Flickr  Creative Commons 
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