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Majhwar in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
187,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.42 % Unknown   

Majhwar in India

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Introduction / History
The Majhwar are an important tribe in Madhya Pradesh in India. They also live in some regions of Chhattisgarh. They are also called Manjhi which means headman of a tribal sub division. It comes from the word Madhya which means in the center. It is thought that the Majhwar had their origins from the tribes of the Gond, Mundas and Kawars.

The Majhwar of Sarguja seem to be Santhal and Munda. The Bhainsa clan regard the buffalo as holy. The Baghani Majhwars have been named after the tiger. They believe that clan members will not be attacked by tigers provided they do not cause an offence.

Marriage to a partner within the same clan is not allowed. The Majhwar observe birth and death rituals.

Festivals are important in Majhwar culture. They celebrate the Karma festival with much enjoyment. The Majhwar tribes are farmers and livestock production is their next main type of work.

The Majhwar are a low status caste. They are endogamous and practice clan exogamy. This means that they normally marry within the group, but with partners from clans other than their own. Some work as laborers. They are Hindus and have their own tribal gods such as Burha-Deo. They have customs that are similar to other local groups like the Bind and the Chero.

They are also in Uttar Pradesh and in North India.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-05
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:187,000
Largest States:
Chhattisgarh (55,000)Jharkhand (35,000)
Bihar (31,000)Uttar Pradesh (26,000)
Odisha (15,000)West Bengal (14,000)
Assam (4,900)Sikkim (3,300)
Uttarakhand (1,400)Madhya Pradesh (1,000)
Total States on file:15
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People Name in Country: Majhwar
People Name General: Majhwar
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112818
Joshua Project People ID: 17417
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 187,000
Population all Countries: 203,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Hindi
People Name General: Majhwar
Ethnic Code: AUG04z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (112,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Chhattisgarhi (17,000)Bengali (16,000)
Odia (13,000)Maithili (11,000)
Bhojpuri (6,600)Assamese (4,300)
Magahi (1,400)Nepali (1,400)
Majhi (1,300)Majhwar (600)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 22
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.04 % 
Christianity0.42 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.87 % 
Islam0.05 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.46 % 
Unknown0.16 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
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Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
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Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
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