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Paliya in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
220,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.01 % Unknown   

Paliya in India

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Introduction / History
The Paliya are a scheduled caste living in West Bengal in India and are also called Poliya. They speak, read and write in Bengali. They are not vegetarians who eat meat, fish and eggs. Rice is eaten by them as a cereal.

The Paliya have three sub-groups. Many of them are landless. They work in agriculture mainly. Some are in business and there are some government workers among them. Hinduism is their religion.

The Paliya are generally not too well educated so the gospel will need to be given in oral form also. They use modern medicines and other help too.

Prayer Points
* Pray that gospel recordings will help lead the Paliya to salvation.
* Pray that Indian Christians will help lead them to Jesus Christ.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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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:220,000
Largest States:
West Bengal (203,000)Madhya Pradesh (11,000)
Odisha (1,400)Meghalaya (800)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (800)Jharkhand (500)
Chhattisgarh (400)Maharashtra (400)
Nagaland (300)Delhi (200)
Total States on file:21
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Paliya
People Name General: Paliya
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113294
Joshua Project People ID: 17821
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 220,000
Population all Countries: 290,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Bengali
People Name General: Paliya
Ethnic Code: CNN25b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bengali (194,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (24,000)Odia (500)
Malvi (400)Kannada (20)
Telugu (Unknown)
Total Languages: 6
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.99 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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: 1800-1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1809-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Bangla Version (F ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Mussolmani Versio ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament- Common Version (FC ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoI Am Guilty (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
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)
Film / VideoThe Burning Heart (
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkad ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Standard Bangla Common Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: কিতাবুল মোক ...
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Paliya in India

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Bengali     South Asia    
      Paliya India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Paliya in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Bengali  
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