Belama in India

The Belama have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Belema people in Odisha claim to be the original inhabitants of their homeland, but there are no historical documents to prove it. They claim Vaishya status, which gives them middle level status as a Hindu community.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Belema people are mainly farmers. The more fortunate ones own their land while the less fortunate are day laborers who work on other people’s farms. Others are traders, government workers or small time businessmen.

They have a caste council to look after their interests and settle disputes. They call it the Belema Kula Sabha. They punish members for rape, adultery, theft and insulting their superiors. Typically, the punishment involves a fine.

Belema boys are more likely to get a secondary education than their female counterparts. However, neither gender gets enough education to rise above their position as simple farmers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus have their own deity, Thakurani Brindavati. They worship a Tulsi plant that symbolizes this god. As Hindus they also worship Kali, Durga and Ganesh. They celebrate the usual Hindu festivals with other communities.


What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Belema people need to allow the loving savior to direct their lives. They need his forgiveness for sin.


Prayer Points

Pray the Belema would see they can enjoy abundant life if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling people to his side and blessing them in every way.

Pray for Holy Spirit sent workers.

Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.

Pray for the birth of an unstoppable church planting movement.


Scripture Prayers for the Belama in India.


References

People of India, Vol 16. K.S. Singh. 20012


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Belama
People Name in Country Belama
Alternate Names Belema; बेलमा
Population this Country 28,000
Population all Countries 28,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16372
ROP3 Code 111514
ROP25 Code 301047
ROP25 Name Belema
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Odisha 28,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Odia (23,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Kui
200
Kui, Dawik
60
Kurux
50
Primary Language Odia (23,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Kui 200
  Kui, Dawik 60
  Kurux 50
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2021)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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