Bihari of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 150

ROP3 Code: 101368
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Bihari
Language: Bhojpuri - (bho)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: India

Status of Christianity


Unengaged and Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

Majority Located Where

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 1,000

  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - 150

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Brief Profile

The Bihari people migrated from India, specifically the state of Bihar. Bihar is home to many different ethnic groups. Besides India, Bihari are from Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

The Bihari speak Bihari languages such as Magahi, Bajjika Maithili, Standard Maithili, Bhojpuri, and other local dialects as well as Hindi. Although the Bihari speak several dialects, the most common is Bhojpuri. Bhojpuri has very little written literature.

As a result, Bihari culture is filled with many oral folk tales. Apart from their entertainment value, these oral folk tales provide insight into the present and past traditions and culture of the region from which the Bihari originated.

Although Hinduism is the majority religion of the Bihari people in India, North American Bihari adhere to Sunni Islam. The majority of educated Bihari Muslims formally speak Urdu, while in the vernacular speak in the Bihari dialect.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will raise up prayer warriors for the Bihari people.
  • Ask the Lord of the harvest to call out workers to engage the Bihari people.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Bihari towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.

Resources

Global Recordings Network
Religions - Islam Belief Bulletin (pdf)
Displaying 1-3 of 3 results.
StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesMissouri City  TX1,000
United StatesMissouri CityHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX1,000
United StatesCampbellSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA150