Bhansala 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 Kutchhi Bhanusali live throughout the western states of India, especially Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. The Kutchhi Bhanusali live in Gujarat and speak Kachchi and read and write in Gujarati.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture along with business and laboring are their main occupations. They are not well educated, so the gospel will need to be presented in oral form. The Kutchhi Bhanusali are endogamous, meaning that they prefer to marry within their community or clan. Marriage is arranged through the parents. On the death of the father, sons and daughters inherit the property. The dead are cremated except for young children.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kutchhi Bhanusali 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhansala people need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ that will lead to blessings and eternal salvation.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhansala in India.

* Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will lead the Bhanusali to begin their own movement to Christ. * Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to the Savior. *Pray for intercessors and workers.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhansala
People Name in Country Bhansala
Population this Country 278,000
Population all Countries 285,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Bhanusali; भंसला
People ID 16525
ROP3 Code 111701
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 12
Largest States
Maharashtra
175,000
Gujarat
61,000
Goa
21,000
Rajasthan
12,000
Karnataka
6,800
Telangana
1,000
Delhi
400
Tamil Nadu
200
Chhattisgarh
100
Andhra Pradesh
80
Kerala
80
Daman and Diu
40
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 12
  Maharashtra 175,000
  Gujarat 61,000
  Goa 21,000
  Rajasthan 12,000
  Karnataka 6,800
  Telangana 1,000
  Delhi 400
  Tamil Nadu 200
  Chhattisgarh 100
  Andhra Pradesh 80
  Kerala 80
  Daman and Diu 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (110,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
74,000
Konkani, Goan
45,000
Hindi
20,000
Konkani
8,000
Sindhi
7,000
Kannada
5,500
Marwari
4,800
Dhundari
1,500
Kacchi
600
Mewari
300
Bagri
200
Shekhawati
200
Haroti
200
English
90
Indo-Portuguese
40
Primary Language Marathi (110,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 74,000
  Konkani, Goan 45,000
  Hindi 20,000
  Konkani 8,000
  Sindhi 7,000
  Kannada 5,500
  Marwari 4,800
  Dhundari 1,500
  Kacchi 600
  Mewari 300
  Bagri 200
  Shekhawati 200
  Haroti 200
  English 90
  Indo-Portuguese 40
People Groups Speaking Marathi
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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