Brahmin Bhumihar in India


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Introduction / History

The Brahmin Bhumihars are a landowning caste of northeast India. The name Bhumihar means "landowner." They gained much of their property through military service during the Mughal period. They served as zamidars, aristocrats who collected taxes for the Muslim rulers. Later on during the British period, the Bhumihars sometimes served in the British army and at other times fought against British rule.

For the past 150 years the Bhumihars have been fighting to get their status of Brahmins confirmed by Indian society. Other Brahmins have seen them as an offshoot of the Kshatriya or warrior caste or even the Shudra laborer caste. Today they are officially accepted as Brahmins even though they only perform three of the six duties of a Brahmin priest.

The Bhumihar are active in politics and serve as government leaders in the states of northeast India. Their first language is Hindi. They also speak other regional languages.

The ancestors of the Nobel Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul were Bhumihars. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001.


Where Are they Located?

The Brahmin Bhumihar live primarily in the Indian states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As Brahmins, the Bhumihars live at the highest level of Indian society. Many attain graduate degrees and work as attorneys, university professors, military officers, government leaders, engineers and computer scientists.

The Bhumihar still hold large tracts of land in northeast India. Lower castes farm the land for the landowners. The land is passed on from fathers to sons.

Young Bhumihars are given some freedom as to whom they marry. They are strongly encouraged by their families to marry other Bhumihars or other Brahmins.

Some of the Bhumihars are vegetarians. Others eat meat except for beef and pork.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bhumihar are Hindus. It is an essential part of their identity. There is a wide range of belief among them from being devoted believers in the Hindu gods to being secularists. The Bhumihar generally do not serve as temple priests or officiate at religious rituals for the lower castes as many Brahmins do.

The large majority of Bhumihar participate in the Hindu holidays of Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of the Nine Nights.


What Are Their Needs?

The Brahmin Bhumihars must see their sin and need for a Savior.
The Bhumihar need to see the love and light of Christ lived out before their eyes.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Bhumihars.
* Pray for Holy Spirit directed Christ followers to go to Brahmin Bhumihar communities and live out the teachings of Christ among them.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Bhumihar community.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumihar


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-07
People Name General Brahmin Bhumihar
People Name in Country Brahmin Bhumihar
Population in India 2,765,000
World Population 2,781,600
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 55
Alternate Names Babhan, Bhumihar Brahman, Bhumihar Brahmin, Bhumihar Grihase, Bhumihar Grihast, Bhumihar Grihast Brahman, Bhumihar Grihast Brahmin, Brahman Dogamia, Brahmin Dogamia, Zamidar Brahman, Zamidar Brahmin, Zaminadar Brahman, Zaminadar Brahmin, Zamindar Brahman, Zamindar Brahmin, ब्रामिन, भूमिहार
People ID 19924
ROP3 Code 115705
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Brahmin
People Group Brahmin Bhumihar
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups on file 13
Largest Subgroups
Kinwar
8,000
Bemuwar
6,400
Baghochhiya
6,000
Sakarwar
3,700
Donwar
1,800
Bawandiri
Bijalpuri
Deneshjead
Dighayat
Eksaria
Jat Jadia
Malitwar
Taliha
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Brahmin
People Group Brahmin Bhumihar
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 13
  Kinwar 8,000
  Bemuwar 6,400
  Baghochhiya 6,000
  Sakarwar 3,700
  Donwar 1,800
  Bawandiri 0
  Bijalpuri 0
  Deneshjead 0
  Dighayat 0
  Eksaria 0
  Jat Jadia 0
  Malitwar 0
  Taliha 0
Country India
Region South Asia
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 7
Largest States
Bihar
2,066,000
Uttar Pradesh
471,000
Jharkhand
201,000
West Bengal
24,000
Odisha
3,500
Maharashtra
400
Andaman and Nicobar
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Bihar 2,066,000
  Uttar Pradesh 471,000
  Jharkhand 201,000
  West Bengal 24,000
  Odisha 3,500
  Maharashtra 400
  Andaman and Nicobar 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,496,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
871,000
Maithili
147,000
Magahi
145,000
Bengali
12,000
Angika
11,000
Bagheli
2,900
Chhattisgarhi
200
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (1,496,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 871,000
  Maithili 147,000
  Magahi 145,000
  Bengali 12,000
  Angika 11,000
  Bagheli 2,900
  Chhattisgarhi 200
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  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
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 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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