Dhanwar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dhanwar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Traditionally the Dhanwar people have been archers who make their living by hunting wild game in the forests of central Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The Indian government regulates such activities, so the Dhanwar people are more likely to engage in making baskets or agriculture. Most are landless, and the less fortunate among them are day laborers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Being a poor people, they seldom have the luxury of sending their children to school. That keeps their literacy rate low and their economic opportunities limited.

The Dhanwar people often use their clan names as their family names. They are marrying later, but unfortunately, their divorce rate is increasing. They live in nuclear families where property is inherited equally among all siblings, whether male or female.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Few of them have access to mass media, so evangelistic efforts have their limitations for these 172,000 people.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the JESUS Film to become available to the Dhanwar people in a language that they can understand.
* Pray for believers to go to them in efforts to develop their economic life and to introduce them to the Christ.

People Name General Dhanwar
People Name in Country Dhanwar
Population in India 179,000
World Population 179,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baiga, Dhanak, Dhaner, Dhanohar, Dhanuhar, Dhanvar, Dhenvar, Dhenwar, Dhenyar, Harijan, Jamader, Lodha, Methor, Palita, Seonta
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Dhanwar
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 16708
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:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (118,000) Chhattisgarh (50,000) Madhya Pradesh (4,300) Odisha (3,400)
West Bengal (2,600) Jharkhand (600) Tripura (100) Chandigarh (10)
Assam (10)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (118,000) Chhattisgarh (50,000)
Madhya Pradesh (4,300) Odisha (3,400)
West Bengal (2,600) Jharkhand (600)
Tripura (100) Chandigarh (10)
Assam (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  26  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marathi (112,000) Chhattisgarhi (32,000) Hindi (25,000) Bengali (2,700)
Oriya (1,600) Kannada (500) Kurux (300) Telugu (300)
Gondi, Northern (200) Gujarati (200) Halbi (100) Bhili (80)
Khandesi (40) Tamil (40) English (30) Ho (20)
Urdu (10) Panjabi, Eastern (10) Korwa Santhali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi 112,000 Chhattisgarhi 32,000
Hindi 25,000 Bengali 2,700
Oriya 1,600 Kannada 500
Kurux 300 Telugu 300
Gondi, Northern 200 Gujarati 200
Halbi 100 Bhili 80
Khandesi 40 Tamil 40
English 30 Ho 20
Urdu 10 Panjabi, Eastern 10
Korwa 10 Santhali 10
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
0.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.13 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.47 %
0.03 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.27 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
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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