Bhansala 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 Kutchhi Bhanusali live throughout the western states of India, especially Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. The Kutchhi Bhanusali live in Gujarat and speak Kachchi and read and write in Gujarati.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture along with business and laboring are their main occupations. They are not well educated, so the gospel will need to be presented in oral form. The Kutchhi Bhanusali are endogamous, meaning that they prefer to marry within their community or clan. Marriage is arranged through the parents. On the death of the father, sons and daughters inherit the property. The dead are cremated except for young children.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kutchhi Bhanusali 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 like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhansala people need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ that will lead to blessings and eternal salvation.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhansala in India.

* Pray that gospel recordings and the JESUS Film will lead the Bhanusali to begin their own movement to Christ. * Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to the Savior. *Pray for intercessors and workers.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhansala
People Name in Country Bhansala
Population this Country 274,000
Population all Countries 276,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Bhanusali; भंसला
People ID 16525
ROP3 Code 111701
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 12
Largest States
Maharashtra
171,000
Gujarat
60,000
Goa
21,000
Rajasthan
12,000
Karnataka
6,800
Telangana
1,000
Delhi
400
Tamil Nadu
200
Chhattisgarh
100
Kerala
80
Andhra Pradesh
80
Daman and Diu
40
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 12
  Maharashtra 171,000
  Gujarat 60,000
  Goa 21,000
  Rajasthan 12,000
  Karnataka 6,800
  Telangana 1,000
  Delhi 400
  Tamil Nadu 200
  Chhattisgarh 100
  Kerala 80
  Andhra Pradesh 80
  Daman and Diu 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (108,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
74,000
Konkani, Goan
45,000
Hindi
20,000
Konkani
7,500
Sindhi
7,100
Kannada
5,500
Marwari
3,000
Merwari
1,800
Dhundari
1,500
Kacchi
600
Mewari
300
Bagri
200
Shekhawati
200
Haroti: Harauti
200
English
90
Primary Language Marathi (108,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 74,000
  Konkani, Goan 45,000
  Hindi 20,000
  Konkani 7,500
  Sindhi 7,100
  Kannada 5,500
  Marwari 3,000
  Merwari 1,800
  Dhundari 1,500
  Kacchi 600
  Mewari 300
  Bagri 200
  Shekhawati 200
  Haroti: Harauti 200
  English 90
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  (1821-2015)
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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
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.
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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