Valmiki (Balmiki) Chuhra in India

The Valmiki (Balmiki) Chuhra 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 Valmiki Chuhra are a Dalit group who live in India primarily in the Punjab state. The traditional occupation of the Valmiki is street sweeping and removing excrement from villages and cities. Since both jobs are considered degrading by other Hindus the Valmiki are outside of the caste system. The main languages of the Valmiki are Eastern Punjab and Hindi. Complete Bibles are available in both languages. The Valmiki are a mostly oral culture so the gospel will have to be shared with them in an audio and visual form.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Valmiki face many obstacles because of their Dalit label. Their children are often denied entrance to schools. The Valmiki frequently are not allowed into Hindu temples to worship their Hindu gods. The Indian government is trying to help Dalit groups by granting them special places in universities and government jobs as a Scheduled Caste. Even if a Valmiki gets an education, he or she be discriminated against at the workplace. The Valmiki continue to work jobs that most Hindu peoples would find beneath them. They clean sewer pipes, collect dead bodies, dig graves and sweep streets. During colonial times many Valmiki left Hinduism and became Sikhs, Muslims and Christians hoping for a better life outside of Hinduism. Valmiki marry within their group. Most other Hindu groups would forbid their children from marrying a Dalit person. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit any property that their father has.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Valmiki practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Their Hinduism of the Valmiki is mixed with animism and folk religion. 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 Valmiki visit their Hindu shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Valmiki 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. The caste system divides Hindus into four main categories - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Shudras. Dalits like the Valmiki and tribal peoples are outside of the caste system.


What Are Their Needs?

The Valmiki need education for their children. They need to be treated fairly by Indian government and peoples so they can escape their Dalit designation and live a decent life. Most of all, the Valmiki need the hope that only Jesus can bring. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Valmiki (Balmiki) Chuhra in India.

*Pray that Indian believers are willing to love this Dalit community and share the good news with them. *Pray that the Lord opens the spiritual eyes of Valmiki leaders so they see the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. *Ask the Lord to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Valmiki of India in this decade. *Pray that Valmiki adults and children learn how to read so they can read the Bible for themselves.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuhra 


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Valmiki (Balmiki) Chuhra
People Name in Country Valmiki (Balmiki) Chuhra
Population this Country 599,000
Population all Countries 599,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Alternate Names
People ID 21820
ROP3 Code 118606
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)
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 1
  Delhi 599,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (418,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Hindi
148,000
Haryanvi
27,000
Marwari
500
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (418,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 148,000
  Haryanvi 27,000
  Marwari 500
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2017)
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 DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Eyes of the Heart
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Who Can Help You?
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
3.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.05 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.78 %
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 Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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