Raji in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Raji tribe live in the Pithoragarh region of Uttar Pradesh in India. They live in the villages of Jamtadi, Attadi, Bhaktirawa, Ciphalthara, Ganagaon, Khirdwari, Kimkhola, Kuttakanyal and Madanpuri. They are also called Banrawats, Ben-Manus and cave dwellers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Raji have a strong liking for alcohol. They like wild fruits and tree roots. The Raji women wear large and heavy jewelry that is admired. Not many of the Raji dress in the usual tribal way. They are artistic. Good looking handbags are made that are sold in the markets and in the rest of India.

Most of the Raji live in the interior forest regions. They work as gatherers. They collect honey from bee hives. They work in agriculture and other occupations. They grow cereals and they fish and hunt. They make tools for agriculture. Women have a good position amongst the Raji.

The Raji do not marry each other and there are no child marriages. The oldest man is the leader of the family. They speak with each other in the Raji language. They are Hindus in religion and worship the Hindu gods Bhagvati and Nanda Devi. They also worship nature.

They are thought of as the most primitive tribe in Uttar Pradesh and they are the smallest tribe in that state.



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People Name General Raji
People Name in Country Raji
Population in India 3,100
World Population 7,700
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ban Manush, Ban Raja, Ban Raji, Ban Rawat, Banmari, Faas, Fans, Janggali, Raute, Rawat
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster South Himalaya
People Name General Raji
Ethnic Code MSY50n
People ID 14514
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttarakhand (2,400) Uttar Pradesh (700)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttarakhand (2,400) Uttar Pradesh (700)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kumaoni (1,400) Rawat (700) Nepali (300) Hindi (300)
Garhwali (200) Kannada (100) Bengali (60) Byangsi (20)
Urdu (10) Panjabi, Eastern Gujarati Tibetan, Central
Sanskrit Tamil
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kumaoni 1,400 Rawat 700
Nepali 300 Hindi 300
Garhwali 200 Kannada 100
Bengali 60 Byangsi 20
Urdu 10 Panjabi, Eastern 10
Gujarati 0 Tibetan, Central 0
Sanskrit 0 Tamil 0
For Primary Language: Kumaoni

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1825-2007)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Kumaoni Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Oral Bible stories in Kumaoni Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.16 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.56 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
93.29 %
1.64 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.72 %
3.63 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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