Deha in India

The Deha have only been reported 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 Deha people have their own dialect of Haryanvi, the language of their native state of Haryana. Not surprisingly, the dialect is called Deha. Most of them speak this language with members of their own community, but they speak Hindi with outsiders.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally the Deha people weaved winnowing fans used to sift wheat from chaff, but today most of them sell cloth.

They marry as adults. If one spouse dies, their widow or widower can marry the deceased's sibling. For some reason divorce has become more common among the Deha people since India's independence in 1947.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The 21,000 Deha people are Hindus who worship Kali, the goddess of destruction along with regional deities. Instead of relying on the priestly Brahmins, they have their own sacred specialists to perform ceremonies.


What Are Their Needs?

The Deha people have a low literacy rate even for a scheduled caste.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Deha in India.

Pray for followers of Christ to help the Deha people with literacy and economic development. Pray that they will soon give praise and worship to the King. Pray for a spiritual openness to the ways of Christ.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-19
People Name General Deha
People Name in Country Deha
Population this Country 38,000
Population all Countries 38,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Balmiki; Bangale; Bangali; Chhajwale; Chuhra; Dahe; Daiya; Dea; Dhaya; Dhea; Dheya; Sajghare; दहा
People ID 16685
ROP3 Code 111908
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 5
Largest States
Haryana
26,000
Punjab
11,000
Chandigarh
100
Himachal Pradesh
100
Mizoram
100
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 5
  Haryana 26,000
  Punjab 11,000
  Chandigarh 100
  Himachal Pradesh 100
  Mizoram 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (20,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
10,000
Haryanvi
2,300
Bagri
100
Pahari, Mahasu
20
Primary Language Hindi (20,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 10,000
  Haryanvi 2,300
  Bagri 100
  Pahari, Mahasu 20
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.68 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.32 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more