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Parhaiya in India

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Parhaiya in India

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The Parhaiya are a Scheduled Tribe living in the state of Bihar in India. Most of them live in regions such as Gumala, Gaya, Hazaribagh and Palamau. They live with other tribes getting on well with them and they do not live in separate villages.

The Parhaiya believe in monogamy regarding marriage although bigamy is allowed. Premarital relations is not allowed in the group. Marriage can take place between males and females of two lineages but is usually not allowed. They believe in village exogamy, meaning they choose marriage partners from villages other than their own. They pay a price to the bride and have the agreement of the parents of the bride and groom. There are occasions when marriage is done by exchange, elopement and love.

The birth of a baby is looked on as being very happy by the Parahaiya as it prevents the worry of not being able to have children. It builds the position of the husband and wife as parents.

The main work of the Parhaiya is cultivating. Many live on the produce that they gather from the forests. The women especially weave quality clothes and baskets. The Parhaiya are very religious and believe in gods and goddesses. Many worship ancestral spirits.

For judicial administration they have the Panchayat system. The village leader called the Mahato is prominent with the leading of the system. His assistant is called Khato and there are members from all the people of the Parhaiya family.


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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:41,000
Largest States:
Jharkhand (26,000)Uttar Pradesh (9,700)
Uttarakhand (4,200)West Bengal (1,000)
Bihar (800)Odisha (30)
Total States on file:7
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Parhaiya
People Name General: Parhaiya
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113324
Joshua Project People ID: 17850
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 41,000
Population all Countries: 44,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Hindi
People Name General: Parhaiya
Ethnic Code: CNN25g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (33,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Garhwali (3,200)Magahi (2,300)
Mundari (1,100)Bengali (800)
Kanauji (600)Santhali (500)
Awadhi (300)Mal Paharia (300)
Kumaoni (90)Bhojpuri (50)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 17
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.02 % 
Christianity1.16 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism93.49 % 
Islam0.09 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown5.24 % 
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 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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Film / VideoCreation to Christ (
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoHaqeeqat Episode 6 (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
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Film / VideoThe Final Prodigal (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video: View in Hindi
Film / VideoThe Price of Life (
Film / VideoYeshu Satsang (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
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Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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