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Khairwar in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
497,000 Bengali Hinduism 0.23 % Unknown   

Khairwar in India

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Introduction / History
The word "Khairar" relates to the word catechu, an extract of the Acacia tree used variously as a food additive, astringent, tannin, and dye. They have many clans and are classified as a scheduled caste. They do not have high status in Hindu society.

Most of the Khariwar people live in various parts of India, but a small number are in Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
Khairwar formerly gathered this extract as their vocation, and today are mostly involved with some aspect of farming. The majority are not landowners, however. They supplement their food source with hunting and fishing. They have not emphasized sending their children to school because of their poor economic situation.

What are their beliefs?
They worship Surya as their family deity, and also worship their ancestors. Kali is their village deity. Regional deities include Durga and Bajrangbali.

What are their needs?
The worldview of Hinduism and animism is very different than that of the Christian Bible. It usually requires much time to understand and process a presentation that is so different than what a person has ever known. Perhaps the Lord will send workers especially skilled at telling stories from scripture. Oral presentations of the gospel are likely to be essential in communicating effectively to people with low literacy levels.

Prayer Points
Pray the Lord will send teachers and shepherds (pastors) to help them become firmly established in the faith. They need our prayer support.

Please pray the Khairwar people will be able to improve their standard of living, with rising literacy rates and better employment opportunities. Pray that some will be able to purchase farmland of their own.


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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:497,000
Largest States:
West Bengal (152,000)Assam (109,000)
Chhattisgarh (90,000)Madhya Pradesh (90,000)
Odisha (29,000)Jharkhand (13,000)
Tripura (4,300)Maharashtra (2,300)
Bihar (1,100)Uttar Pradesh (1,000)
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People Name in Country: Khairwar
People Name General: Khairwar
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112507
Joshua Project People ID: 17157
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 497,000
Population all Countries: 498,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Khairwar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bengali (136,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ben    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Hindi (113,000)Assamese (75,000)
Khirwar (44,000)Odia (26,000)
Chhattisgarhi (14,000)Angika (4,300)
Bundeli (2,600)Marathi (1,400)
Gondi, Northern (500)Bagheli (200)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 32
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.23 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.64 % 
Islam0.04 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
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: 1800-1980
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1809-2022
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Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
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Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Bengali
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Bengali
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Khairwar in India

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    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Khairwar India    
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