Dhor in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dhor only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 157,000 Dhor people are a community of tanners. Thus their name came from dhor, the word for "cattle." Though they have always been tanners, commonly Dhor people become day laborers when leather and other necessary raw materials are not available. Typically they buy raw leather hides from slaughterhouses that they tan and sell to those who make shoes.

Where Are they Located?

The Dhor people are most likely to live either in India's Maharashtra or Karnataka states. A little over half of them live in urban areas, so it is possible to reach them in an urban center like Mumbai.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They consider themselves to be equal to the much more numerous Chamars, India's most noted leather workers. The more fortunate among these people of low status take advantage of India's "reservation" system, which gives them the opportunity to become white-collar workers, doctors, teachers, or engineers.

Prayer Points

They speak Marathi, the language of Maharastra, and there are many Christian materials in this language.

* Pray for these materials to find their way into Dhor homes.
* Pray for believers in Mumbai to reach out to the Dhor people, and persevere until there is a strong Dhor church.

People Name General Dhor
People Name in Country Dhor
Population in India 165,000
World Population 165,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dhor Kakkaya, Dhor Kakkayya, Dhori Kakkaya, Dohor, Kakkayya, Kankayya
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Name General Dhor
Ethnic Code CNN25j
People ID 16712
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:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (123,000) Karnataka (37,000) Telangana (3,100) Gujarat (1,300)
Tamil Nadu (300) Goa (200) Delhi (90) Rajasthan (80)
Andhra Pradesh (50) Kerala (40) Daman and Diu (30) Dadra and Nagar Have (30)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Maharashtra (123,000) Karnataka (37,000)
Telangana (3,100) Gujarat (1,300)
Tamil Nadu (300) Goa (200)
Delhi (90) Rajasthan (80)
Andhra Pradesh (50) Kerala (40)
Daman and Diu (30) Dadra and Nagar Have (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Marathi (109,000) Kannada (29,000) Konkani (13,000) Hindi (5,500)
Gujarati (2,500) Telugu (1,000) Konkani, Goan (100) Khandesi (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Marathi 109,000 Kannada 29,000
Konkani 13,000 Hindi 5,500
Gujarati 2,500 Telugu 1,000
Konkani, Goan 100 Khandesi 50
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.09 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.91 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
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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