Text source: Karen Hightower
Introduction / History
Parhaiya are a scheduled tribe, and one of the significant tribes of the state of Bihar.
Where are they located?
Parhaiya people live in the state of Bihar in India.
What are their lives like?
They live with other tribes, sharing villages, and living peacefully with them.
Parhaiya people usually marry one person, although additional spouses are allowed. Premarital relations are not allowed. They choose marriage partners from villages other than their own. They pay a bride price to the bride, and obtain the agreement of the parents of the bride and groom. There are occasions when marriage is performed by exchange, elopement and love.
The birth of a baby is considered a happy occasion by Parahaiya people. Parenthood builds the position of the husband and wife as parents.
The primary occupation of Parhaiya people is agriculture. Many live on the produce gathered from forests. Women especially weave quality clothes and baskets.
The village leader called the Mahato is prominent in the Parhaiya judicial system. His assistant is called Khato. Members from all people of the Parhaiya family are represented.
What are their beliefs?
Parhaiya people are very religious, and believe in gods and goddesses. Many worship a variety of spirits, and ancestral spirits in particular.
What are their needs?
Parhaiya people need to be liberated from traditions and beliefs that hold them in bondage. Their primary need is to know the one true creator God, who gives them songs, dance, and artistic abilities so much a part of their lives. They need His life in their spirits.
* Pray that Almighty God would strengthen, encourage, and protect those who would be church planters and disciplers among these spiritually needy people, who do not yet know their Savior.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches that will in turn plant other churches.
* Pray that these Parhaiya people for whom Christ gave His life will discover His love and His gift provided for them.
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