Dabgar, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dabgar, Hindu traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

This low status people group is considered by many to be a subdivision of the more numerous Chamars and Mochis. However, this is probably only because they get the raw skin from groups such as the Chamar, Kassi or Cheek (a Muslim group which sells goat meat) and store them and sell them to dealers. At one time they were cobblers, meaning they repaired shoes for a living. At that time they tanned hides, an occupation which gives any community low status in the Hindu world.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today they often deal with leather good, but they use leather to make drums and toys. At their festivals, they use wind instruments and (not surprisingly) drums. Like many people groups in a rapidly modernizing India, they have abandoned child marriage. This people group of 113,000 lives in various parts of northern India, where the gospel presence is weak.

What Are Their Beliefs?

If someone were to take the gospel to these Hindus, they would want to conform to their oral traditions. Telling stories, showing films, and using gospel recordings would be effective. Their chief deity is Asapuri.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Dagbar people will abandon Asapuri, and embrace Jesus Christ, the King of kings.
* Pray that they will look to the Lord for their dignity and worth instead of settling for the low caste status Hinduism has given them.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-29
People Name General Dabgar, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Dabgar, Hindu traditions
Population in India 133,000
World Population 133,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chamar, Dhabgar, Dhalgar, Dhaloti, Dhor, Gharami, Gharrami, Kuppisaz, Shilpakar, Shilpkar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Dabgar, Hindu traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25j
People ID 16648
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:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (50,000) Gujarat (22,000) Uttar Pradesh (18,000) Karnataka (14,000)
Bihar (13,000) Jharkhand (4,400) Rajasthan (3,600) Delhi (3,100)
West Bengal (2,400) Madhya Pradesh (1,100) Uttarakhand (1,100) Goa (50)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (50,000) Gujarat (22,000)
Uttar Pradesh (18,000) Karnataka (14,000)
Bihar (13,000) Jharkhand (4,400)
Rajasthan (3,600) Delhi (3,100)
West Bengal (2,400) Madhya Pradesh (1,100)
Uttarakhand (1,100) Goa (50)
Languages & Dialects on file:  26  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marathi (43,000) Hindi (33,000) Gujarati (21,000) Kannada (15,000)
Bhojpuri (9,000) Bengali (2,300) Kanauji (900) Magahi (800)
Konkani (800) Ahirani (700) Sadri (600) Marwari (500)
Telugu (400) Awadhi (300) Nimadi (300) Kumaoni (300)
Maithili (300) Merwari (200) Mewari (100) Dhundari (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi 43,000 Hindi 33,000
Gujarati 21,000 Kannada 15,000
Bhojpuri 9,000 Bengali 2,300
Kanauji 900 Magahi 800
Konkani 800 Ahirani 700
Sadri 600 Marwari 500
Telugu 400 Awadhi 300
Nimadi 300 Kumaoni 300
Maithili 300 Merwari 200
Mewari 100 Dhundari 100
For Primary Language: Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1807-1957)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1982)
Complete Bible Yes   (1821-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Marathi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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