Bhoi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Bhoi community is also known as Kewat. They are a complex and multi-faceted Hindu community.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bhoi people can hold any number of professions. They can work at Hindu temples, own and cultivate farmland. Others run small businesses such as restaurants, fabric shops, and fruit and egg stalls. They also work for railways, state transport corporations, and state-run primary schools, and as carpenters, basket weavers, boatmen, and fishermen. There are some professionals and politicians among them. Kewat women are employed as domestic helpers, agricultural laborers, and basket makers while children work as cowherds and servants on annual contract. Some send their sons to work at tea stalls, garages or factories.
Weaving and similar arts are important in Bhoi culture. It is their way to express their identity as a community. Some of them earn a good living by selling these goods.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Bhoi homes often have an altar to Manasamata. Beside this, there are images of Khandoba and a few other Hindu gods and goddesses. Every family has a number of deities.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhoi community needs to understand the centrality of Jesus Christ. They need to embrace him so they can experience life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of the Bhoi people throughout India.
Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of Bhoi families and communities through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on his name.
Pray for God's blessing on Bhoi leaders, along with their families, and for their communities to welcome and enjoy God's blessing.
Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of his word, leading the Bhoi people to love him with their whole being.


Scripture Prayers for the Bhoi (Hindu traditions) in India.


References

https://fashionandtextiles.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40691-020-00220-x
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhoi


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People Name General Bhoi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Bhoi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation boh-EE
Alternate Names Basuri; Bhoiraj; Bhoiraja; Boya Bestha; Chotra Bansi; Dhimal; Dhunar; Esta; Jalcatri; Jalia; Jele; Kahar; Kaibartya; Kamti; Keot; Keuta; Kewar; Kewat; Mallah; Palwar; Parivarutta; Parkar; Paschimma Jaat; Raghuvanshi; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; Siviyar; Toreya; Zinga; भोइ (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 5,954,000
Population all Countries 6,114,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 119
People ID 16429
ROP3 Code 111580
ROP25 Code 301161
ROP25 Name Bhoi
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 on file 24
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,432,000
Chhattisgarh
863,000
Bihar
744,000
Telangana
635,000
Maharashtra
543,000
Madhya Pradesh
336,000
Karnataka
326,000
Andhra Pradesh
118,000
Gujarat
117,000
West Bengal
85,000
Odisha
82,000
Jharkhand
79,000
Tamil Nadu
52,000
Uttarakhand
11,000
Assam
4,800
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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 24  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 2,432,000
  Chhattisgarh 863,000
  Bihar 744,000
  Telangana 635,000
  Maharashtra 543,000
  Madhya Pradesh 336,000
  Karnataka 326,000
  Andhra Pradesh 118,000
  Gujarat 117,000
  West Bengal 85,000
  Odisha 82,000
  Jharkhand 79,000
  Tamil Nadu 52,000
  Uttarakhand 11,000
  Assam 4,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.96 %
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 Hindi (2,797,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
891,000
Bhojpuri
732,000
Chhattisgarhi
543,000
Kannada
343,000
Marathi
274,000
Maithili
179,000
Gujarati
109,000
Angika
96,000
Bengali
94,000
Odia
74,000
Bundeli
64,000
Khandesi
45,000
Tamil
20,000
Konkani
19,000
Awadhi
18,000
Primary Language Hindi (2,797,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 891,000
  Bhojpuri 732,000
  Chhattisgarhi 543,000
  Kannada 343,000
  Marathi 274,000
  Maithili 179,000
  Gujarati 109,000
  Angika 96,000
  Bengali 94,000
  Odia 74,000
  Bundeli 64,000
  Khandesi 45,000
  Tamil 20,000
  Konkani 19,000
  Awadhi 18,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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