• PEOPLE CLUSTER: BHIL

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QUICK FACTS:

People groups: 9

Population: 21,530,500

Unreached people groups: 8

UPG population: 21,409,500

Unengaged UPGs: 2

UUPG population: 103,500

Number of countries: 2


Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples

Overview: The Bhil are one of the largest indigenous tribes of India. They are found throughout western India but their largest concentrations are in southern Rajasthan, western Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and northern Maharashtra. The Bhil language family includes nineteen languages, most spoken only by smaller sub-groups of Bhil. A majority of Bhil speak Hindi and practice Hinduism, though elements of their tribal religion still retain influence.

  -- K. S. Singh, People of India, Volume 4. India's Communities A-G. Delhi: Oxford University Press (1998), pp. 428-439

Peoples within this cluster: Bhil; Bhil Mina; Bhil, Bhilala; Dubla; Marwari Bhil; Nahali; Sansi Bhil; Vayati

Countries where they are found: India; Pakistan


People groups: 9

Population: 21,530,500

Unreached people groups: 8

UPG population: 21,409,500

Unengaged UPGs: 2

UUPG population: 103,500

Number of countries: 2