Dhimar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dhimar only in India







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Introduction / History

The Dhimar are a caste of fishermen and palanquin bearers. They work sometimes as boatmen. They can also at times work in cultivation along the river bank. Sometimes they are water carriers and can sell sweet potatoes, dry grains, rice and boiled plums.

They are also called by the names of the Bhoi, Kahar, Machandar, Baraua and Palewar.

First cousins are not allowed to marry each other. Widows can marry and also divorce is permitted but does not happen often. Children are named on the day they are born or 12 days later. They are poor and bury their dead, as cremation tends to be too expensive.

In some places in India they are distinct castes. That does not tend to be the case in the Central Provinces.

Where are they Located?

They are mainly living in the Central Provinces.

What are Their Beliefs?

The Dhimar are Hindus who worship Dulha Deo. They also worship the major Hindu gods like Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman and Lakshmi. The Tamboli of different regions worship local gods also and they celebrate Hindu festivals such as Holi and Diwali.


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People Name General Dhimar
People Name in Country Dhimar
Population in India 1,717,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Balewar, Banawar, Benua, Bhoi, Bhorji, Dharhiar, Dhimen, Dhimer, Dhiwar, Gabit, Gal Bhoi, Harkantra, Jalchattri, Jalchattri Kshatriya, Jhee Darhi, JheeDarhi, Jhinwar, Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Kir, Machhander, Mallah, Mallahan, Mangela, Page, Raekari, Raika, Raikar, Raikari, Raikwar, Rajput, Saimari, Sanduri
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Dhimar
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi (972,000) Marathi (387,000) Chhattisgarhi (143,000) Oriya (123,000)
Bundeli (27,000) Bagheli (6,700) Nimadi (4,400) Kui (3,100)
Dhundari (2,600) Gujarati (1,700) Surgujia (900) Santhali (700)
Malvi (500) Mundari: Bhumij (400) Kurux (200) Koda (200)
Marwari (100) Munda (100) Kuvi (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 972,000 Marathi 387,000
Chhattisgarhi 143,000 Oriya 123,000
Bundeli 27,000 Bagheli 6,700
Nimadi 4,400 Kui 3,100
Dhundari 2,600 Gujarati 1,700
Surgujia 900 Santhali 700
Malvi 500 Mundari: Bhumij 400
Kurux 200 Koda 200
Marwari 100 Munda 100
Kuvi 40
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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