Baiti in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Hindu Baiti people live in India and Bangladesh. They are part of the Sudra caste, or fourth level of Hinduism's caste system. The Sudras are the working or laboring Hindu caste.

Though the majority of Baiti live in the western Indian state of Maharashtra and speak Marathi, a sizable population resides in West Bengal and speak Bengali. Many resources exist in both Marathi and Bengali including complete Bibles, the JESUS Film and radio programs. There are few if any known believers among the Baiti.

In former times, Baiti worked rolling cigarettes and weaving baskets and mats. With the introduction of modern factories, they have had to find other employment.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Baiti now work in agriculture, construction and business. Lack of literacy and job skills have hampered Baiti from getting better paying jobs.

Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the norm. Families and young people arrange marriages. Baiti tend to have large families. In rural villages life expectancy is low and child mortality is high. Young Baiti people are moving from the villages to Indian cities in hope of a better life. Sons inherit their father's property. Sons have the responsibility of taking care of elderly relatives. In rural areas, the Baiti often lack access to modern medicine and clean water.

Parents encourage their sons to get a secondary education. Girls frequently quit school after a few years to help their family make a living.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Baiti people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. 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 as Christians do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like 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?

The Baiti need good schools to educate their children. If they are to better their place in Indian society, they need to learn new job skills. Most of all, the Baiti must understand that Jesus Christ is not just another guru or Hindu god. He is their Savior and the only one who can forgive their sins.


Prayer Points

Pray for a movement to Jesus to heal and strengthen Baiti communities.

Ask the Lord to send loving workers to the Baiti people.

Pray for the Baiti people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families, villages and neighborhoods.

Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Baiti disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Baiti in India.


References

http://indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Baiti


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Baiti
People Name in Country Baiti
Pronunciation bay-TEE
Alternate Names Baoti; Chuiya; Chunari; Tamuli; Vaiti; बैटी
Population this Country 53,000
Population all Countries 60,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16300
ROP3 Code 111427
ROP25 Code 300725
ROP25 Name Baiti
Country India
Region Asia, South
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
Maharashtra
37,000
West Bengal
15,000
Odisha
400
Jharkhand
200
Gujarat
70
Tripura
60
Andaman and Nicobar
40
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
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
  Maharashtra 37,000
  West Bengal 15,000
  Odisha 400
  Jharkhand 200
  Gujarat 70
  Tripura 60
  Andaman and Nicobar 40
Website South Asia Peoples
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Marathi (17,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Bengali
13,000
Konkani
11,000
Hindi
4,100
Odia
300
Primary Language Marathi (17,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 13,000
  Konkani 11,000
  Hindi 4,100
  Odia 300
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2022)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Public Domain - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
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. Learn more.



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