Desua Bhumij in India

Desua Bhumij
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Desua Bhumij
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 600
World Population: 600
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 4.49 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Desua Bhumij are related to the Munda and Santal peoples by language. This language is one of the Bengali-based languages. Historically, the Bhumij have been rulers; thus they claim a higher social status than others from their language group.

Where Are they Located?

The Desua Bhumij people live in West Bengal, a state in eastern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many today are farmers. However, they also work on the tea plantations of India's northeast, in the steel industry, or as day laborers for local Hindu landowners.

What Are Their Beliefs?

While the Bhumij people tend to preserve their own religious beliefs, most are Hindus. They have adopted the Hindu deities in addition to their own tribal gods and goddesses. They have a firm belief in an almighty creator and also in "mother earth."

What Are Their Needs?

The Desua Bhumij people need the chance to earn a better living and to live with the dignity of knowing their Creator and Lord.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Desua Bhumij people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Desua Bhumij families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Desua Bhumij families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Desua Bhumij family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Text Source:   Keith Carey