Binjhia 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 Binjhia people are labeled a scheduled tribe in India. This means that their status is low, and they viewed as tribals, not fully in the mainstream of society. Though they once were scattered throughout central India, today they are mostly in Odisha and Jharkhand.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Binjhia are farmers. For them, land has both economical value and social status. Many of the Binjhia have no land of their own, and work others' land as hired laborers. Some work on a daily wage basis, while others work on yearly contracts. The daily laborers are either paid in cash or in rice. Their main crop is rice, grown in a flooded field. They also grow some vegetables such as tomatoes, chilies, cucumbers, and pumpkins. They learned their farming techniques from neighboring Hindu tribes. Their women do the weeding. The Binjhia are basically self-sufficient, living on what they raise in their gardens. Although they do not depend on the weekly markets for their food, they visit the markets to purchase items such as salt, kerosene, tobacco, dried fish, and cloth. Their women are most active in any financial decisions and transactions. They often resort to the barter system of exchanging goods. Binjhia women love to wear jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces, and armlets made of silver, brass, and beads. Beaded necklaces are their favorite. Binjhia men and women must wait until they are adults before they are married. Marriages are not arranged; young adults are free to choose their own mates. Weddings always begin on Sundays and last for several days. Each family lives in one or two roomed mud houses with thatched roofs. The tiny huts line both sides of the main village street. Overall, their living conditions are not very sanitary. Their goats and fowl are allowed to roam freely inside. Elderly villagers deal with any social issues or conflicts that arise. All adult villagers work together to come up with a final decision.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Because the Binjhia have had much contact with Hindus, they are classified as a Hindu tribe. Though they have adopted many Hindu gods and goddesses, they also practice a form of their own ethnic religion. Their village deity is named Budharaja. Their supreme deity, Bindya Basini, is represented by a stone in the shape of a woman. They believe she looks after their welfare, protecting them from all danger. They also keep many other gods are also kept in their homes. They make regular offerings of raw rice, milk, sweets, liquor, and fruit to these gods. Ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) is another common practice. Because the Binjhia believe that their ancestors are reborn as children, children are worshipped at a festival once a year.


What Are Their Needs?

The Binjhia people need to put their faith in the Supreme, all-powerful God of the Bible, not deities that help to keep them away from the true Lord.


Prayer Points

Pray that the sheer wonder of knowing Jesus and the impact he has on their lives and the joy he brings spur believers to share Christ with the Binjhia people. Pray the hearts of the Binjhia people would be stirred by a sovereign work of the Holy Spirit readying them for the time when they hear the gospel message being shared with them. Pray they will experience dreams and visions of Jesus leading them into a saving relationship with Him. Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Binjhia people.


Scripture Prayers for the Binjhia in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Binjhia
People Name in Country Binjhia
Population this Country 211,000
Population all Countries 218,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Bijori; Bijoria; Binjhwar; Binjoa; Brijia; Brijlal; Brinjlat; Vindhyaaniwasi; Vindhyabasini Kshatriya; Vindyaniwasi; बिंझिया
People ID 16489
ROP3 Code 111659
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 9
Largest States
Chhattisgarh
142,000
Madhya Pradesh
19,000
Jharkhand
17,000
Odisha
13,000
Maharashtra
10,000
West Bengal
3,700
Tripura
3,600
Assam
700
Goa
20
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Chhattisgarh 142,000
  Madhya Pradesh 19,000
  Jharkhand 17,000
  Odisha 13,000
  Maharashtra 10,000
  West Bengal 3,700
  Tripura 3,600
  Assam 700
  Goa 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (79,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 33
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Chhattisgarhi
47,000
Marathi
19,000
Odia
19,000
Bijori
5,200
Bengali
4,100
Sadri
1,500
Kurux
1,200
Mundari
1,100
Assamese
200
Gondi, Northern
100
Kharia
100
Punjabi, Eastern
70
Santhali
40
Kannada
30
Halbi
30
Primary Language Hindi (79,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 33
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Chhattisgarhi 47,000
  Marathi 19,000
  Odia 19,000
  Bijori 5,200
  Bengali 4,100
  Sadri 1,500
  Kurux 1,200
  Mundari 1,100
  Assamese 200
  Gondi, Northern 100
  Kharia 100
  Punjabi, Eastern 70
  Santhali 40
  Kannada 30
  Halbi 30
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.45 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
94.68 %
Islam
0.14 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
4.69 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
debjanixyz - Pixabay  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. Read more