Dabgar, Hindu 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 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chamar, Dhabgar, Dhalgar, Dhor, Gharami, Gharrami, Kuppisaz
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Dabgar, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25j
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi (43,000) Hindi (31,000) 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 31,000
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
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1807-1957)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1982)
Complete Bible Yes   (1821-2002)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
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
Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture EasyBibles
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-29

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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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