Dhanwar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dhanwar only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

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 174,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baiga, Dhaner, Dhanohar, Dhanuhar, Dhanvar, Dhenvar, Dhenwar, Dhenyar, Lodha, Palita, Seonta
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Dhanwar
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi (112,000) Chhattisgarhi (31,000) Hindi (25,000) Bengali (2,700)
Oriya (1,600) Surgujia (700) 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 (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi 112,000 Chhattisgarhi 31,000
Hindi 25,000 Bengali 2,700
Oriya 1,600 Surgujia 700
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
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.13%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
Photo Source: Bethany World Prayer Center
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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