Pawaria (Hindu traditions) in India

The Pawaria (Hindu traditions) have only been reported 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 Bhil are the third largest and most widely distributed tribal group in India. Although the Bhil were once thought of as a single tribe, it is now clear that they consist of many subgroups, one of which is the Pawaria, although they are only remotely related to the other Bhil subgroups. The name "Bhil" was probably derived from the word villu or billu, which in most Dravidian languages is the word for "bow. " The bow has long been a characteristic weapon of the Bhil because the tribesmen always carry their bows and arrows with them.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Pawari are skilled farmers. They are dependent on rainfall to water their crops since the ground is not very fertile. Some Pawari have jobs as carpenters, blacksmiths or wood cutters. Each man makes his own field tools and weaves his own baskets. The Pawari speak Pauri, one of the Bhil languages; however, they claim no relation to the other Bhil tribes. Some of the Pawari also speak Marathi, a language spoken by the Hindu Maratha who established an empire in Gujarat during the thirteenth century.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Pawari practice ethnic religions. They have no priests, temples, or idols; however, they are involved in witchcraft. They worship a supreme creator god named Bhavan and strive to please him with sacrifices and offerings. They worship a god of the harvest named Bava Kumba. Each year, they offer this god a goat as a sacrifice in hopes that he will bless their crops. They also worship a tiger god named Vaghdev and believe that he can provide welfare for their cattle. They are quoted as saying, "Our gods do not walk. We have to stay where they live. "Their tremendous fear of death has led them to believe in strong supernatural forces. However, in regards to health many of them are now placing more faith in doctors than in black magic. As far as we know none of them are putting their faith in God the Father for their needs.


What Are Their Needs?

As the Pawari face the possibility of their lives being flooded away, they need hope. They must be told of the one true God—the God who walked on this earth and desires to walk with them through eternity.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pawaria (Hindu traditions) in India.

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Pawaris. Pray for the Pawari people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods. Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Pawari people to change their society from within. Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples. Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Pawari communities.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pawaria (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Pawaria (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 21,000
Population all Countries 21,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Pamaria; Pauria; Pawar; Pawara; Paware; पवरिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17861
ROP3 Code 113337
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 4
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
15,000
Bihar
4,500
Jharkhand
400
Maharashtra
300
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 4
  Madhya Pradesh 15,000
  Bihar 4,500
  Jharkhand 400
  Maharashtra 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (11,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bareli, Rathwi
5,000
Bhojpuri
900
Maithili
200
Magahi
90
Marathi
70
Primary Language Hindi (11,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bareli, Rathwi 5,000
  Bhojpuri 900
  Maithili 200
  Magahi 90
  Marathi 70
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  (1835-2012)
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 Audio Scripture
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
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 Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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