Bhoi Nikhad in India

Bhoi Nikhad
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Bhoi Nikhad
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 76,000
World Population: 78,300
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Bhoi
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Bhoi peoples have traditionally done manual labor, which puts them in the fourth of four caste categories. They were once nomadic.

Where Are they Located?

Nikhad Bhoi people live mainly in northern and central India, and a smaller number are in Nepal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bhoi peoples have different roles in the various states of India. In all states they do farm work. In Gujarat, they are often fishermen or water-carriers. In Odisha they have lower status because they work as leather workers. Anyone who works with "dead" materials like hides is considered polluted by Hindu society.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Nikhad Bhoi is a Hindu community. Every family has a number of Hindu deities that they workship in hopes of gaining safety and prosperity. As Hindus, The Nikhad Bhoi 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 hoping for their blessing. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

Ask God to deliver families and communities within the Bhoi people from fears that hinder them from embracing His blessings. They look to Hindu gods, but the only One who can save them from what they fear is the Lord Himself.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of the Nikhad Boi people in India.
Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of Bhoi families and communities through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on His name.
Pray for God's blessing on Nikhad Bhoi leaders, along with their families, and for their communities to welcome and enjoy God's blessing.
Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word, leading the Nikhad Bhoi people to love Him with their whole being.

Text Source:   Keith Carey