Halalkhor (Hindu traditions) in India

Halalkhor (Hindu traditions)
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People Name: Halalkhor (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 8,700
World Population: 13,800
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Whether they are Muslim or Hindu, the Halalkhor people have very low status in India or Nepal.

Where Are they Located?

The Hindu Halalkhor people live in West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, and Jharkhand states. A small number lives in Nepal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Halalkhor people work as scavengers, or sweepers, performing the lowest forms of manual labor. They sometimes work with sanitation, jobs which no one would want for two reasons. First of all, it is very unpleasant, and secondly, it makes other communities look down on your community.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Halalkhor people are either Shia or Sunni Muslims, but some are Hindus. They are less philosophical and more practical than higher caste Hindus. They visit Hindu temples 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 like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

The Halalkhor people need to find their worth and dignity in having a relationship with Jesus Christ, the One who loves all peoples the same.

Prayer Points

Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Hindu Halalkhor people.
Pray for a movement of Halalkhor households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Halalkhor people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Halalkhor people.

Text Source:   Keith Carey