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Kharia in India



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Kharia in India

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Introduction / History
The Kharia (Lewa Kunbi) people live in the Western Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. They have gotras such as Shendilya, Kashyap and Bharadwaj. They are known as Lewa Patil.

They speak the Marathi and Telegu languages and use the Devanagari script. A few of them also speak Hindi. The incidence of colour-blindness is reported in 5 percent of the Kharia population.

The Kharia men are non-vegetarian but their women are vegetarian. Jowar is their staple cereal and they eat rice occasionally. The economy of the Lewa Kunbi is mainly based on agriculture. They either cultivate their own land or work for others on a share-cropping basis. They participate in the local weekly markets. The problem of alcoholism is prevalent among the men.

The Kharia generally follow monogamy. The women contribute to the family economy as wage earners and take part in socio-religious activities. In a marriage a series of rituals are performed simultaneously at the bride and groom's residences. Marriage rituals include the thread wearing ceremony, the exchange of garlands and circumambulating the sacred fire seven times.

The Kharia have an association, which looks after the socio-economic development of the community. They cremate the dead and observe death pollution for ten days.

The Kharia worship both family and village deities. The Brahmin officiates as a priest at their rituals. Their traditional customs prevent them from exchanging water and cooked food with certain communities, such as, the Bhangi, Chamar and Mahar. Ancestor worship is also prevalent among them. Diwali is the main festival celebrated by the Lewa Kunbi.

Alternate names: Kunbi Khaire, Kunbi Lonari, Kunbi Tirole, Kunbi Hindre.

Prayer Points
* For the salvation of the Kharia people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* That the LKharia people may be freed from alcoholism, ancestors' worship, colour-blindness and be able to accept all the communities without caste prejudice.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:15 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:781,000
Largest States:
Odisha (234,000)Jharkhand (225,000)
Assam (195,000)West Bengal (52,000)
Chhattisgarh (52,000)Bihar (12,000)
Arunachal Pradesh (2,900)Madhya Pradesh (2,500)
Maharashtra (2,000)Andaman and Nicobar Islands (2,000)
Total States on file:21
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kharia
People Name General: Kharia
Alternate People Names:
HariaKhaire Kunbi
KharviKulu
Kunbiखारिया
ROP3 Code: 112503
Joshua Project People ID: 17153
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 781,000
Population all Countries: 793,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Munda-Santal
People Name General: Kharia
Ethnic Code: AUG04z
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Language
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Primary Language: Kharia (331,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): khr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Assamese (141,000)Odia (112,000)
Hindi (72,000)Bengali (71,000)
Chhattisgarhi (22,000)Santhali (5,200)
Marathi (4,400)Mundari (2,700)
Ho (2,400)Kurux (2,300)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 56
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity26.36 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism61.04 % 
Islam0.70 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown11.88 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1951
New Testament:
1992
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kharia
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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