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Bhumia in India



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
159,000 Odia Hinduism 0.10 % Unknown   

Bhumia in India

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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.

Prayer Points
* 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.

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

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:159,000
Largest States:
Odisha (127,000)Madhya Pradesh (30,000)
Delhi (100)Andhra Pradesh (20)
Total States on file:7
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bhumia
People Name General: Bhumia
Alternate People Names:
BaigaBhumia Thakur
Bhuri BhumiaBodo Bhumia
Thakurभूमिया
ROP3 Code: 111571
Joshua Project People ID: 16420
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 159,000
Population all Countries: 159,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Oriya
People Name General: Bhumia
Ethnic Code: CNN25l
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Odia (70,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (30,000)Bhatri (26,000)
Chhattisgarhi (16,000)Pengo (8,400)
Halbi (1,900)Bundeli (1,500)
Oriya, Adivasi (400)Mundari (300)
Bagheli (100)Koya (100)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 24
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.75 % 
Islam0.08 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.06 % 
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: 1811-1956
New Testament:
1809-2000Audio
Complete Bible: 1815-2004
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 (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
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)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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