Dhobi, Hindu in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


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.

People Name General Dhobi, Hindu
People Name in Country Dhobi, Hindu
Population in Nepal 92,000
World Population 12,416,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agasa, Agasaru, Agheria, Bana, Batham, Bhai, Chakala, Chakali, Chakka, Chandbar, Charhoya, Chasa, Chasa Dhoba, Chauhan-Bhatti, Chawla, Chhimba, Darhi, Dharhiadu, Dharhiannan, Dharhiannari, Dhob, Dhoba, Dhobi, Dhopa, Dhopi, Dhupi, Hawari, Jada, Khurdanai, Madivala, Madiwal, Madiyal, Madiyali, Madvali, Madwai, Modiyal, Monson, Nurang, Oddelu, Oddollu, Oriya Chakali, Oriyavallu, Pak, Parit, Prasad Dhobi, Qasab, Raipal, Rajak, Rajaka, Rajakha, Rajpar, Rajput Dhobi, Rajukula, Ram Dhobi, Ramdu, Ranghi, Rathor, Sabhasundar, Sakala, SakalaDarhi, Sakalavadu, Sat-Chasi, Shaheri, Sharma, Sheheri Hindu, Shuklabaidya, Shukladas, Sukladas, Suklavaidya, Tanwar, Tasha, Togata, Tsakala, Vadde Chakali, Vannan, Vannari, Varetha, Varitha, Vattakkadan, Warathi, Watts
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Dhobi, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 16709
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (31,000) Janakpur (22,000) Lumbini (19,000) Sagarmatha (11,000)
Bheri (6,900) Rapti (1,900) Kosi (1,800) Bagmati (900)
Mechi (600) Gandaki (500) Seti (300) Dhawalagiri (200)
Mahakali (100)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (31,000) Janakpur (22,000)
Lumbini (19,000) Sagarmatha (11,000)
Bheri (6,900) Rapti (1,900)
Kosi (1,800) Bagmati (900)
Mechi (600) Gandaki (500)
Seti (300) Dhawalagiri (200)
Mahakali (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maithili (49,000) Bhojpuri (32,000) Nepali (10,000) Awadhi (4,300)
Hindi (800) Angika (200) Magahi (200) Rajbanshi (10)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Maithili 49,000 Bhojpuri 32,000
Nepali 10,000 Awadhi 4,300
Hindi 800 Angika 200
Magahi 200 Rajbanshi 10

For Main Lanugage: Maithili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2010)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Maithili
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Maithili
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.11 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.83 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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