Bhojpuri Bihari in South Africa


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Introduction / History

The partition of India in 1947 led to huge migrations all over the world. A large number of people from the Bihar Province of British India moved to various parts of the world to work as indentured laborers. Some even went to South Africa, where the community found employment and was able to put down roots working in sugarcane, cocoa, rice, and rubber plantations.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Biharis in South Africa have prospered, are well educated, and have a high rate of literacy. Like other South Asian peoples in southern Africa, they often have family owned businesses. Others have tech abilities that provide them with a lucrative career.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bhojpuri Bihari people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins. Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhojpuri Bihari people need hearts that are ready to seek and find a relationship with Jesus Christ, King of kings.


Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger among the Bhojpuri Bihari in South Africa. There have been amazing breakthroughs among Bhojpuri speakers in India. Pray this will reach South Africa. Pray that Bhojpuri speakers in India will reach out to their "cousins" in South Africa to disciple them in the ways of Christ. Pray for workers to find ways to reach the Bhojpuri Bihari people using culturally appropriate materials.


Scripture Prayers for the Bhojpuri Bihari in South Africa.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bhojpuri Bihari
People Name in Country Bhojpuri Bihari
Pronunciation BOGE-poo-ree bee-HA-ree
Population this Country 59,000
Population all Countries 86,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bihari; Deswali; Hindi; Indo-Mauritian; Indo-Mauritian Muslim; Marathi; Tamil; Telugu; Urdu; Urdu Speakers
People ID 10823
ROP3 Code 101368
Country South Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country South Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Bhojpuri (59,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Purbi
Dialect Code 830   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bhojpuri (59,000 speakers)
Language Code bho   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Purbi
Dialect Code 830   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bhojpuri

Primary Language:  Bhojpuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1911-1982)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1998-2007)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Zúme Training
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Bhojpuri
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
80.00 %
Islam
10.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
5.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
Protestant
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more