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Bhaina in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
87,000 Chhattisgarhi Hinduism 0.21 % Unknown   

Bhaina in India

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Introduction / History
The Bhaina community lives on the fertile plains of Raigarh and Bilaspur districts of Madhya Pradesh. They have low status among Hindu communities.

What are their lives like?
The Bhaina work as farmers and as laborers. Some of their marriage rituals are betrothal, circumambulation of the sacred pillar, washing of the feet, blessing and giving of gifts, and applying of vermilion. The Saora, Bhuia, Rout, and Lohar communities accept food and water from the Bhaina, who in turn do not accept food and water from them. They receive the services of the Brahmin, barber and washerman. Their literacy rate is low.

What are their beliefs?
Their principal deity is Nakti Devi. They worship clan deities, village deities like Dulhadeo, Thakur Dec, regional deities and deities of the wider Hindu pantheon.

What are their needs?
Lack of workers willing and able to minister to the unreached communities of India is an obstacle to the progress of the gospel. Perhaps workers can help the Bhaina become more productive as farmers and livestock producers. Building such bridges of friendship can lead to opportunities to share Christ.

Prayer Points
A few of the Bhaina identify themselves as Christians to the Indian census. Please pray for teachers to help these Christians understand clearly what it means to know Christ as Savior and Lord, and to be his disciple.

Pray for a rising literacy rate for the Bhaina, especially for the youth.

Pray that parents will understand the importance of providing a good education for their children.

Pray for a soon-coming movement to Christ among the Bhaina community.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:87,000
Largest States:
Chhattisgarh (71,000)Madhya Pradesh (7,700)
Odisha (7,100)Maharashtra (400)
Goa (30)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bhaina
People Name General: Bhaina
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111548
Joshua Project People ID: 16401
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 87,000
Population all Countries: 87,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Bhaina
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chhattisgarhi (44,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hne    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (23,000)Odia (5,600)
Sadri (800)Marathi (200)
Gondi, Northern (90)Bhili (30)
Urdu (30)Bengali (20)
Konkani, Goan (20)Nimadi (20)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 21
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.21 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.30 % 
Islam0.23 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.04 % 
Unknown0.21 % 
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1904-1952
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Chhattisgarhi
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Chhattisgarhi
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Bhaina in India

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    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Bhaina India    
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