Jalia Kaibartta 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 Jalia Kaibarta are an indigenous Hindu people who live in northeast India and the nation of Bangladesh. Their name means "one who depends on the water" in the ancient language of Sanskrit. The Kaila traditionally made their living by fishing and boating. They fish in the freshwater rivers and lakes of the Bengal region and in the saltwater of the Bay of Bengal. Today many Jalia also work as cultivators of the soil on land owned by higher castes. For the most part the Jalia are a scheduled tribe meaning that they are eligible for public jobs and special consideration for places in Indian universities. One group within Kalia are Vaishyas, the merchant caste, and are not a classified as a scheduled tribe. The main language of the Jalia is Bengali. A newly edited complete Bengali Bible became available in 2016. Unfortunately, many Jalia are illiterate and the gospel will need to be shared with them in oral and visual forms. Every day there are Christian radio programs available in Bengali.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Jalia men are still fishermen although some work in farming and as daily laborers. Women work at home taking care of domestic responsibilities and raising their children. Some women labor in the fields with their husbands. The Jalia experience discrimination as an indigenous group. They are a Dalit people outside the four main castes of the Hindu systems. The educational level of the Jalia is improving. Educated Jalia now work as teachers and administrators. The Jalia marry within their group. Families arrange marriages often when the young people are adolescents. Newly married couples live with or near the groom's parents. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. Jalia cremate their dead. Caste councils settle legal disputes and promote Jalia interests. Fish, rice, fruit, vegetables, and dairy products make up their diets.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Jalia pay special devotion to the Hindu Goddess Vasuli Devi. The Jalia show their homage to her every April in a ceremonial dance. Vasuli Devi is a manifestation of the great Mother Goddess. Underneath the veneer of Hinduism, the Kaibartta also believe in the existence of natural spirits, and therefore, are considered by some to be animists. Village elders and priest serve as leaders at important family ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Jalia visit Hindu shrines 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 as Christians do. The yearly holidays of the Jalia people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Adult Jalia would benefit from learning new job skills. Their children need good schools and teachers so that they will be able to read and write and improve their place in Indian society. Most of all the Jalia need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and delivery them from their fear of evil spirits.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kaibartta Jalia in India.

* Pray that the Jalia would be led to tune in on Christian Bengali radio broadcasts and be open to the messages they hear. *Pray the Bengali Bibles would get to the Jalia who are hungry for the Word of God. * Pray the Lord brings whole Jalia villages and families to Himself. * Pray the Lord sends workers to the Jalia to tell them about the Savior.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kaibartta Jalia
People Name in Country Kaibartta Jalia
Natural Name Jalia Kaibartta
Population this Country 451,000
Population all Countries 728,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Alternate Names कैबरतता जलिया
People ID 21146
ROP3 Code 117968
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 11
Largest States
West Bengal
255,000
Assam
119,000
Bihar
53,000
Odisha
13,000
Jharkhand
4,800
Tripura
3,000
Andaman and Nicobar
900
Delhi
900
Nagaland
700
Arunachal Pradesh
300
Meghalaya
60
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 11
  West Bengal 255,000
  Assam 119,000
  Bihar 53,000
  Odisha 13,000
  Jharkhand 4,800
  Tripura 3,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 900
  Delhi 900
  Nagaland 700
  Arunachal Pradesh 300
  Meghalaya 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (259,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Assamese
104,000
Hindi
53,000
Maithili
25,000
Odia
10,000
Magahi
700
Angika
50
Primary Language Bengali (259,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Assamese 104,000
  Hindi 53,000
  Maithili 25,000
  Odia 10,000
  Magahi 700
  Angika 50
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
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 The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.95 %
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 Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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