Dhobi, Hindu in India

Population

12,046,000

Christian

0.01%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


Introduction / History

The old Indian man slowly straightens up from his bowed position as his young grandson waits impatiently. It is the first time the boy has been allowed to accompany the older boys and men to the river, and he is eager to begin. But first they must bow to the washing stone. As their ancestors before them, they earn their meager living by washing clothes for the higher castes. They are Dhobis, one of India's Dalit communities, formerly known as "untouchables." Their diet is mostly vegetables and grains, with an occasional bit of meat.

When a Dhobi girl marries, her dowry usually contains just a few items, but almost always an iron. After the men wash the customers' clothes, the women iron them and keep the money they earn to pay for household expenses. Mothers teach the girls to iron at an early age, and boys help their fathers by washing the smaller articles of clothing and by delivering packages of clean clothes to their owners.

Most of the Dhobis follow popular Hinduism and worship local gods as well as the washing stones. The vast majority of these Dalits remain Hindu, but they have contact with other communities.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Dhobi people will hear the gospel and discover that Jesus Christ can wash away their sins.
* Pray that believers will tactfully share gospel recordings and play Christian radio broadcasts for Dhobi Hindus.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give faith to the Dhobis.



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Dhobi, Hindu
People Name in Country Dhobi, Hindu
ROP3 Code 111944
Joshua Project People ID 16709
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 12,046,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Agasa, Agasaru, Agheria, Bana, Batham, Bhai, Chakala, Chakali, Chakka, Chandbar, Charhoya, Chauhan-Bhatti, Chawla, Chhimba, Darhi, Dharhiadu, Dharhiannan, Dharhiannari, Dhob, Dhopa, Dhopi, Dhupi, Hawari, Jada, Khurdanai, Madiwal, Madiyal, Madiyali, Madvali, Madwai, Modiyal, Monson, Nurang, Pak, Parit, Prasad Dhobi, Qasab, Raipal, Rajak, Rajaka, Rajpar, Rajput Dhobi, Rajukula, Ram Dhobi, Ramdu, Ranghi, Rathor, Sakala, SakalaDarhi, Sakalavadu, Shaheri, Sharma, Shuklabaidya, Shukladas, Sukladas, Tanwar, Togata, Tsakala, Vannan, Vannari, Varitha, Vattakkadan, Warathi, Watts,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 3,794,704 Telugu 3,564,325 Tamil 811,910 Oriya 736,420
Kannada 517,625 Bengali 512,919 Bhojpuri 502,580 Marathi 424,135
Chhattisgarhi 246,140 Awadhi 237,280 Kanauji 163,961 Maithili 79,420
Gujarati 63,440 Assamese 56,340 Bundeli 43,490 Dhundari 41,810
Magahi 38,580 Tulu 36,535 Konkani 33,035 Konkani, Goan 26,190
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Dhobi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.01%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
99.98%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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