Kewat Halba in India

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

Introduction / History

The Halba Kewat are a small group of indigenous people within a much larger Halba tribal community. The Halba Kewat live central India in the state of Chhattisgarh. The area where they live is considered one of the most beautiful areas of India with dense forests, mountains, waterfalls, caves, and natural parks.

Unfortunately, the literacy level of the Halba is low. The elementary schools in the villages often do not function properly. Halba children frequently leave school early to help their parents make a living working the fields.

The Halba speak their language of Halbi. Some Bible books, the JESUS Film and gospel recordings are available in Halbi. Many of the Halba also speak Hindi so they can communicate with outsiders.


Where Are they Located?

The Halba Kewat live in villages in the east central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The primary occupation of the Halba Kewat is agriculture. The grow rice, millet, lentils, wheat, and vegetables. Most families also have chickens, a buffalo, goats, and pigs. For a cash crop the Halba grow cotton, which they dye and weave into blankets, mats and clothing. Elders rule the villages. They decide legal issues and deal with outsiders.

The Halba Kewat mostly marry within their group. Sometimes they will marry within the larger Halba peoples. Families arrange marriages. The newly married couple lives with or near the groom’s parents. A bride price is often paid to the bride’s family to offset the loss of their daughter. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming head of the family upon the death of his father.

As a tribal group, the Halba have their own priests, shrines and shamans. The priests and shamans try to connect the Halba with the invisible world and protect them from evil spirits.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Halba Kewat practice Hinduism, heavily influence by folk religion. 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. The Halba visit Hindu shrines 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 Halba 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?

Solar panels could bring electricity to Halba villages. The Halba would greatly benefit by access to modern medicine. Their children will need a secondary education if the Halba are to succeed in the modern Indian economy. Most of all, the Halba need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can get them right with God and deliver them from their fear of evil spirits.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Halba Kewat in India.

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


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halba_(tribe)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kewat


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Halba Kewat
People Name in Country Halba Kewat
Natural Name Kewat Halba
World Population 4,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kewat; हलबा केवट
People ID 21139
ROP3 Code 117961
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)
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 1
  Chhattisgarh 4,100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Halbi (3,500 speakers)
Language Code hlb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Chhattisgarhi
400
Hindi
200
Bhatri
30
Primary Language Halbi (3,500 speakers)
Language Code hlb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Chhattisgarhi 400
  Hindi 200
  Bhatri 30
People Groups Speaking Halbi

Primary Language:  Halbi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1989-1998)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2002-2017)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Halbi
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.45 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
2.55 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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