Dabgar, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dabgar, Hindu 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
People Name in Country Dabgar, Hindu
Population in India 125,000
World Population 125,000
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
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 (21,000) Uttar Pradesh (17,000) Karnataka (14,000)
Bihar (12,000) Jharkhand (4,400) Rajasthan (3,600) Delhi (3,000)
West Bengal (2,400) Madhya Pradesh (1,100) Uttarakhand (1,000) Goa (50)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (50,000) Gujarat (21,000)
Uttar Pradesh (17,000) Karnataka (14,000)
Bihar (12,000) Jharkhand (4,400)
Rajasthan (3,600) Delhi (3,000)
West Bengal (2,400) Madhya Pradesh (1,100)
Uttarakhand (1,000) Goa (50)
Languages & Dialects on file:  26  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marathi (43,000) Hindi (33,000) Gujarati (20,000) 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 20,000 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 Main Lanugage: Marathi

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