Daharia in India

The Daharia have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Daharia people are one of the oldest tribes in India’s state of Chhattisgarh. Though most speak Hindi, their heart language is Daharia, which is part of the Austroasiatic family of languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Daharia clear the land by cutting and burning the forests so they can grow crops. When the land becomes less productive, they repeat the process in a new location. Their farms are in danger from development projects and conflicts with other peoples. They supplement their food source through hunting, fishing and gathering foods in the wild. Some have risen from poverty through education and by starting their own businesses.

They have their own traditions involving music, dance and storytelling.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they are officially Hindu, the Dharia have their own beliefs regarding nature spirits and their ancestral spirits. Hinduism is flexible; it accommodates such traditional religious practices.


What Are Their Needs?

The Daharia people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Daharia.

Pray God will have mercy on the Daharia, doing whatever it takes to place them in a position to receive him.

Ask God to open the hearts of the Daharia to the gospel.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Daharia in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Daharia
People Name in Country Daharia
Alternate Names Dahalia; डहरिया
Population this Country 13,000
Population all Countries 13,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16655
ROP3 Code 111865
ROP25 Code 301894
ROP25 Name Daharia
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 3
Largest States
Chhattisgarh
12,000
Madhya Pradesh
200
Odisha
200
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 3
  Chhattisgarh 12,000
  Madhya Pradesh 200
  Odisha 200
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 Chhattisgarhi (7,500 speakers)
Language Code hne   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hindi
2,900
Odia
200
Primary Language Chhattisgarhi (7,500 speakers)
Language Code hne   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 2,900
  Odia 200
People Groups Speaking Chhattisgarhi

Primary Language:  Chhattisgarhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1904-1952)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2005-2014)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2024)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Forum Bible Agencies
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
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 Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chhattisgarhi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Chhattisgarhi YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Chhattisgarhi YouVersion Bibles
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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