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Bhil Dubla in India

Bhil Dubla

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
127,000 Bhili Hinduism 1.09 % Unknown No   

Bhil Dubla in India

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Introduction / History
There are two divisions of Bhil: the Central or "pure" Bhil, and the Eastern or part-Rajput Bhil. The Central Bhil live in the mountain regions of India, particularly in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. They are known as the connecting link between the Gujarati and the Rajasthani. They speak Bhili, which is an Indo-Aryan language.

Many years ago, Bhil rajas (kings) permitted immigrants from the plains to settle in the hill regions. To safeguard their independence and rule, the Bhil fought against the Moghals, the Maratha and the British Raj.

The Dubla Bhil people have always been experts in handling bows and arrows. In fact, the name "Bhil" was derived from the word billee, which means "bow." For years, the bow has been a characteristic weapon of the tribe, and the men usually carry their bows and arrows with them. They are known for their rugged independence, but also for their banditry.

Where are they located?
The Dubla Bhil live in Gujarat and Maharashtra, two states in western India.

What are their lives like?
Many Bhil are being threatened by the Sardar Saravor Dam Project, which when completed will flood the land where many Bhil currently live. Though re-settlement plans have been discussed, they remain incomplete.

Today, the Dubla Bhil primarily work as farmers, field laborers and village watchmen. With a growth in population, most of their land holdings are small and generally non-productive. The women wear brightly colored clothes. The city boys are distinctive from other Hindus because they tie rags around their heads, wear earrings, and carry swords or guns.

The Dubla Bhil are usually shy and love their independence. Festivals, dance, drama, and music are a large part of their culture. The length and enthusiasm for these events is usually directly proportional to the amount of alcohol that is consumed.

The Dubla Bhil usually marry within their own classes. If they do marry someone of another class, the person of the lower class must convert to the higher, leaving behind all family ties. This custom is strictly enforced among the Bhil tribes.

Each Dubla Bhil village is led by a head man who deals with disputes. Respect among family members is strong, and there is a great sense of connection between the living and the dead. Property is shared equally by the male descendants. Bhil villages are rather widely scattered. The houses are located in fields where they grow millet, maize, wheat, and barley. Bhil highlanders live in tidy houses made with walls of sticks intertwined with small branches. The roofs (shaped like bee-hives), are usually made of clay tiles, but are sometimes made of straw and leaves.

What are their beliefs?
Almost all of the Dubla Bhil practice ethnic religions that have been highly influenced by Hinduism. They consider Shiva to be the supreme god. Ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) is also quite popular. Shamans (priests) are also called upon to offer sacrifices to the many gods and mud idols.

What are their needs?
Much intercession is needed to see Dubla Bhil eyes opened to the truth.

Prayer Points
* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Dubla Bhil people.
* Pray for a movement of Dubla Bhil households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Dubla Bhil people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Dubla Bhil people.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16414/IN
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Bhil
http://www.ecoindia.com/tribes/bhils.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhil_people
http://www.indianmirror.com/tribes/bhiltribe.html

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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:127,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (75,000)Maharashtra (53,000)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bhil Dubla
People Name General: Bhil Dubla
Alternate People Names:
भील दुबला
ROP3 Code: 117864
Joshua Project People ID: 21013
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 127,000
Population all Countries: 127,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Bhil
People Name General: Bhil Dubla
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Bhili (43,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bhb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Gujarati (41,000)Marathi (24,000)
Vasavi (5,700)Khandesi (4,100)
Mawchi (3,200)Bareli, Pauri (2,700)
Dungra Bhil (1,800)Sindhi Bhil (800)
Bareli, Rathwi (600)Dangi (500)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 14
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.09 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.64 % 
Islam0.11 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.16 % 
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1916-1996
New Testament:
1930
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bhili
Film / VideoThe Way Home
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
 
 
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Bhil Dubla in India

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