Text source: Karent Hightower
Introduction / History
The Bhumia scheduled tribe are also known as Bhumia Thakur to their neighbors. They live in Madya Pradesh, in the plains from Kami to Jabalpur. They are believed to be the early settlers in the Jabalpur region. The name Bhumia is connected to the word "bhumi" which means "land."
Operation World states, "India's ancient, complex, and often difficult t understand past, its racial, ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity, and the caste system, all make detailed population analysis very difficult."
Where are they located?
Bhumia people live in central India. They speak Jabalpuri and Hindu.
What are their lives like?
Bhumia people are usually wage earners, and only a few of them are landowners. They work in the agricultural fields of the Bania Brahmin, Kayashta, and Rajput for wages, and they collect forest products. Some operate grocery shops. Illiteracy is not a problem among them.
Marriages with the daughter of the mother's brother and the daughter of the father's sister are allowed. All sons have equal shares in the property. Women are involved in many matters concerning money. Justice in society is looked after by a council of village elders. Many use family planning. Little progress has been made in education.
What are their beliefs?
They are partial Hindu believers, also worshiping ancestors, national, village, and clan gods.
They cremate the dead and perform death rites on the ninth or tenth day after death, then have a funeral feast.
What are their needs?
Scripture resources are available in the Hindi language spoken by Bhumia people, however they are considered an unreached people group. They are largely independent and consequently do not see their need for the Savior. Their worship of many gods perhaps fills an emotional need, but cannot touch their genuine spiritual need.
* Pray that key Bhumia persons will become interested in Jesus via film, recordings, and radio which are available.
* Pray that God will raise up Indian churches to boldly and lovingly evangelize this people group.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among them.
ReferencesView Bhumia in all countries.
Singh, K.S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z," Oxford University Press, USA 1999