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Bhunjia in India


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32,000 Bhunjia Hinduism 0.06 % Unknown No No   

Bhunjia in India

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Introduction / History
Bhunjia people are listed as a Scheduled Tribe of India. They have two major groups, namely Chokutia Bhunjia and Chinda Bhunjia in the states of Chhatisgarh and Orissa. Both outsiders and insiders call them Bhunjia. In some villages they live with people of other castes called Magi.

What are their lives like?
Their livelihood is agriculture plus in Orissa some people are involved in animal husbandry and fishing. A few of them are employed as teachers while others collect and sell firewood.

What are their beliefs?
Almost all Bhunjia (99.87% according to the census) are Hindu though they include elements of the traditional tribal religion.

What are their needs?
Currently, the state government of Orissa is working with about 500 Bhunjia families in community development. The literacy rate among those families is about 35% while people not covered under this project have a lower literacy level about 19%. Presently, Bhunjia is considered to be a dialect of Halbi [hlb].

Language development is ongoing with Halbi and it needs to be determined if Bhunjia people can use Halbi literature or if it will be necessary to produce adaptations into their dialect. There is a definite need for language development in the Bhunjia language. Among themselves Bhunjia people mostly speak their own vernacular rather than the language of wider communication. Speaking a second language is very difficult for women and children.

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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:32,000
Largest States:
Odisha (15,000)Chhattisgarh (13,000)
Maharashtra (2,600)Madhya Pradesh (1,800)
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People Name in Country: Bhunjia
People Name General: Bhunjia
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111576
Joshua Project People ID: 16425
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 32,000
Population all Countries: 32,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Bhunjia
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bhunjia (13,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bhu    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (4,100)Chhattisgarhi (2,900)
Oriya, Adivasi (2,600)Odia (2,100)
Marathi (900)Pengo (800)
Gujarati (100)Bhili (70)
Desiya (40)Santhali (30)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 27
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.07 % 
Christianity0.06 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.63 % 
Islam0.14 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.03 % 
Unknown0.07 % 
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: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Bhunjia in India

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