Bauri in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bhil are the third largest and most widely distributed tribal group in India. Although the Bhil were once thought of as a single tribe, it is now clear that they consist of many subgroups, one of which is the Bauri, who live further east than the other Bhil groups. They live mainly in West Bengal. The name "Bhil" was probably derived from the word villu or billu, which in most Dravidian languages is the word for "bow. " The bow has long been a characteristic weapon of the Bhil because the tribesmen always carry their bows and arrows with them. The Bauria were traditionally hunters and gatherers. They relied primarily on bows and arrows for hunting, although they also used spears, slings, and axes. They gathered edible plants, roots, and fruits from the forests.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Unfortunately, extensive deforestation in their region has greatly diminished the forest resources. As a result, most of the Bauria are now settled farmers. Their primary crops include maize, millet, cucumbers, cotton, wild rice, lentils, and barley. Some of the Bauria have lost their land and now earn a living as hired laborers. Many of them have found jobs clearing forests or repairing roads. Since the Bauria do not weave cloth, make pottery, or work with metals, they are dependent on trade to obtain these types of items. The Bauri mark their village boundaries by tying bundles of grass to trees along the paths. Each village usually contains between three and forty families. The villagers live in houses that are set far apart from each other. Most of the houses are built on hills with their fields surrounding them. Most villages also have some land that is reserved for community use.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bauri are animists (believe that non-living objects have spirits) who have been heavily influenced by Hinduism. In fact, most of their Hindu and animistic practices have been so intertwined that it is difficult to separate them. Ancestor worship (worshiping the spirits of deceased relatives) is also quite popular. The village shamans (priests) attempt to appease the gods and mud idols by making sacrifices to them on stone altars. They also practice totemism, where they worship the spirit of a certain animal that is also the emblem of their people. The red-backed heron is the totem for the Bauri people.


What Are Their Needs?

There is a need for Christian believers who are filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit to share God's love with the Bauri people. Prayer is the first step toward seeing them reached with the truth of the gospel.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Bauri people teachable and understanding hearts. Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Bauri families into a rich experience of God’s blessing. Pray for Bauri families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross. Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Bauri family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


Scripture Prayers for the Bauri in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-20
People Name General Bauri
People Name in Country Bauri
Population this Country 2,345,000
Population all Countries 2,360,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 47
Alternate Names Bauzi; Bavuri; Bhoi; Bowria; Buna; Kalia; Kandi; Khodalo; Kothia; बौरी
People ID 10736
ROP3 Code 115233
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 27
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
1,450,000
Odisha
619,000
Jharkhand
219,000
Andaman and Nicobar
6,200
Assam
6,100
Andhra Pradesh
3,900
Chhattisgarh
3,000
Delhi
2,700
Bihar
2,600
Meghalaya
2,400
Nagaland
2,100
Uttar Pradesh
2,000
Madhya Pradesh
1,700
Manipur
900
Arunachal Pradesh
800
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 27  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 1,450,000
  Odisha 619,000
  Jharkhand 219,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 6,200
  Assam 6,100
  Andhra Pradesh 3,900
  Chhattisgarh 3,000
  Delhi 2,700
  Bihar 2,600
  Meghalaya 2,400
  Nagaland 2,100
  Uttar Pradesh 2,000
  Madhya Pradesh 1,700
  Manipur 900
  Arunachal Pradesh 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (1,256,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Odia
515,000
Hindi
188,000
Telugu
8,800
Assamese
4,900
Sadri
2,000
Andaman Hindi Creole
500
Maithili
400
Kanauji
100
Bhojpuri
100
Kannada
70
Chhattisgarhi
70
Pengo
40
Primary Language Bengali (1,256,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Odia 515,000
  Hindi 188,000
  Telugu 8,800
  Assamese 4,900
  Sadri 2,000
  Andaman Hindi Creole 500
  Maithili 400
  Kanauji 100
  Bhojpuri 100
  Kannada 70
  Chhattisgarhi 70
  Pengo 40
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.04 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.33 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.56 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.07 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more