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 324,000
Population all Countries 332,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
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
204,000
Gujarat
71,000
Goa
25,000
Rajasthan
14,000
Karnataka
8,000
Telangana
1,100
Delhi
500
Tamil Nadu
100
Chhattisgarh
100
Andhra Pradesh
90
Kerala
90
Daman and Diu
50
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 204,000
  Gujarat 71,000
  Goa 25,000
  Rajasthan 14,000
  Karnataka 8,000
  Telangana 1,100
  Delhi 500
  Tamil Nadu 100
  Chhattisgarh 100
  Andhra Pradesh 90
  Kerala 90
  Daman and Diu 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (110,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
74,000
Konkani, Goan
45,000
Hindi
20,000
Konkani
8,000
Sindhi
7,000
Kannada
5,500
Marwari
4,800
Dhundari
1,500
Kacchi
600
Mewari
300
Bagri
200
Shekhawati
200
Haroti: Harauti
200
English
90
Indo-Portuguese
40
Primary Language Marathi (110,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 74,000
  Konkani, Goan 45,000
  Hindi 20,000
  Konkani 8,000
  Sindhi 7,000
  Kannada 5,500
  Marwari 4,800
  Dhundari 1,500
  Kacchi 600
  Mewari 300
  Bagri 200
  Shekhawati 200
  Haroti: Harauti 200
  English 90
  Indo-Portuguese 40
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
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
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 data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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