Mankar Bhil in India

The Bhil Mankar 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 Mankar Bhil are a scheduled tribe. They speak Bhili and Marathi and read and write in Devanagari. They live in Maharashtra and also live in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Many years ago, Bhil rajas (kings) permitted immigrants from the plains to settle in the hill regions. To safeguard their independence andrule, the Bhil fought against the Moghals, the Marathas, and the British. Many Bhil are being threatenedby the Sardar Saravor Dam project, which when completed will flood the land where many Bhil currentlylive. Though re-settlement plans have been discussed, they remain incomplete.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mankar Bhil work in agriculture and as laborers. They also work in animal husbandry and they collectforest produce which they sell at markets. A local council looks after their needs and judges their disagreements. The divorced and bereaved can marry again. The dead are either cremated or buriedwhich is rare for Hindu communities. The Central Bhil are usually shy and love their independence. Festivals, dance, drama, and music are a large part of their culture. Each village is led by a head man who deals with disputes. Respect among family members is strong, and there is a great sense of connection between the living and the dead. Property is shared equally by the male descendants. Bhil villages are rather widely scattered. The houses are located in fields where they grow millet, maize, wheat, and barley. The highlanders live in tidy houses made with walls of sticks intertwined with small branches. The roofs (shaped like bee-hives), are usually made of clay tiles, but are sometimes made of straw and leaves.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of the Central Bhil practice ethnic religions that have been highly influenced by Hinduism. They worship Shiva as their supreme god. Ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) is also quite popular. They call upon shamans to offer sacrifices to their many gods and mud idols.


What Are Their Needs?

There are three segregated classes:the Bhagat Bhil, the ordinary Bhil, and the lowest class - the Christian Bhil. To accept Christ is like becoming an outcast.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhil Mankar in India.

* Pray that the council leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead this community into a disciple making movement. * Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the only savior. * Pray for faithful workers who are filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhil Mankar
People Name in Country Bhil Mankar
Natural Name Mankar Bhil
Population this Country 226,000
Population all Countries 226,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names भील मानकर
People ID 21016
ROP3 Code 117867
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 2
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
226,000
Maharashtra
400
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 2
  Madhya Pradesh 226,000
  Maharashtra 400
Website South Asia Peoples

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Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Hindi (105,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhili
85,000
Nimadi
20,000
Mawchi
5,600
Khandesi
4,500
Dangi
3,100
Malvi
1,500
Bareli, Rathwi
800
Marathi
600
Gujarati
500
Dungra Bhil
300
Vasavi
200
Korwa
90
Kannada
50
Bareli, Pauri
50
Nihali
40
Primary Language Hindi (105,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhili 85,000
  Nimadi 20,000
  Mawchi 5,600
  Khandesi 4,500
  Dangi 3,100
  Malvi 1,500
  Bareli, Rathwi 800
  Marathi 600
  Gujarati 500
  Dungra Bhil 300
  Vasavi 200
  Korwa 90
  Kannada 50
  Bareli, Pauri 50
  Nihali 40
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
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 Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.64 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.07 %
Islam
0.22 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.07 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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