Bardiha Kumhar in India

The Bardiha Kumhar 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

A Kumhar legend says that "once Brahma divided sugarcane among his sons and each of them ate his share, but the Kumhara who was greatly absorbed in his work, forgot to eat. The piece which he had kept near his clay lump struck root and soon grew into a sugarcane plant. A few days later, when Brahma asked his sons for sugarcane, none of them could give it to him, excepting the Kumhara who offered a full plant. Brahma was pleased by the devotion of the potter to his work."

The Kumhars are the communities that traditionally made pottery and other clay goods for sale. They also made toys and even Hindu idols with clay or terracotta.

They have low caste status, though they are certainly not at the bottom of the Hindu pecking order.

There are a couple of Kumhar communities, one of which is called Bardiha. This subgroup lives in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Bihar.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Those who remain potters sell their good locally, but the more fortunate have found international markets. It is very hard for these hard working people to make a living as potters. Therefore, a good percentage of them have gravitated to farming and animal husbandry.

Men dominate in the Bardiha Kumhar social structure. Men get credit for the goods they produce even when the wife does a large share of the work. Kumhar girls marry young and seldom get much education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kumhar are Hindu and pray to the Lord Shiva, the destroyer god, and Goddess Mother Mata.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kumhar need to learn new job skills. They need good schools for their children. Education is a challenge for the Kumhar since many of them lead nomadic lives. Children often quit school after a few years to help their parents earn a living. The Kumhar frequently lack access to modern medicine and clean water.

Believers can offer them Global Recordings Network materials and Scriptures in Use materials so they can listen to God's word as they work. God's word does not return void!


Prayer Points

Since there are no known believers among the Bardiha Kumhars, pray that they will hear and respond to the Lord's voice.

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Bardiha Kumhar communities.

Pray that Bardiha Kumhar council leaders will come to Christ and lead others to him.

Pray that the church around the world will remember the Kumhar communities in intercession.


Scripture Prayers for the Kumhar Bardiha in India.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/03/17

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

https://www.indianetzone.com/49/kumhar.htm


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-17
People Name General Kumhar Bardiha
People Name in Country Kumhar Bardiha
Natural Name Bardiha Kumhar
Pronunciation BAR-dee-ah koom-HAR
Population this Country 773,000
Population all Countries 773,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 15
Alternate Names कुम्हार बर्डिहा
People ID 21174
ROP3 Code 117997
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 7
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
601,000
Bihar
59,000
Jharkhand
52,000
Madhya Pradesh
25,000
Chhattisgarh
18,000
Delhi
8,500
Uttarakhand
3,800
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 7
  Uttar Pradesh 601,000
  Bihar 59,000
  Jharkhand 52,000
  Madhya Pradesh 25,000
  Chhattisgarh 18,000
  Delhi 8,500
  Uttarakhand 3,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (426,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
74,000
Kanauji
66,000
Awadhi
46,000
Chhattisgarhi
11,000
Maithili
6,900
Bundeli
6,400
Magahi
5,600
Bagheli
3,900
Bengali
2,000
Malvi
1,400
Angika
600
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Garhwali
400
Sadri
300
Nimadi
300
Primary Language Hindi (426,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 74,000
  Kanauji 66,000
  Awadhi 46,000
  Chhattisgarhi 11,000
  Maithili 6,900
  Bundeli 6,400
  Magahi 5,600
  Bagheli 3,900
  Bengali 2,000
  Malvi 1,400
  Angika 600
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
  Garhwali 400
  Sadri 300
  Nimadi 300
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  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub) Create International
Film / Video Coconuts Create International
Film / Video Creation to Christ Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Kandukuru Nagarjun - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more