Dubla in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dubla only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Dubla live along the coast of western central India, primarily in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Rajasthan. They speak Dubla, a Bhil language that belongs to the Indo-Aryan linguistic family. The Dubla tribe contains twenty sub-groups, of which the Talavias have the highest social rank.

Long ago, the cultural prosperity of Gujarat State attracted people from all the surrounding states. Gujarat became a target of the Maratha tribes, who made annual raids to the region for many years. Eventually, the Muslims fortified the area east of Surat in order to reap its economic benefits. It is believed that the Dubla moved farther south due to pressure from the Muslims.

By 1817, the British had risen to power, and attempted to mend what the Maratha had left behind. At that time, farmland was dispersed among the settlers. A long period of oppression by the Rajput and other outlaws brought the Dubla to such indebtedness that they were sold as slaves.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Agricultural slavery was not abolished until 1923. Until that time, the Dubla were in bondage to the landowners. They were completely dependent on their masters to loan them whatever they needed for survival. The masters knew that it would be impossible for the Dubla to ever pay them back; and for this, the Dubla owed their masters loyalty, respect, and submission. The slave lived near his master providing them with "economic security."

Once slavery had been abolished, the number of Dubla agricultural workers who did not own land increased. The loss of slave labor was a great setback for the landlords. Since this changeover from the bondage of servitude to the freedom of day-laborers, the government has given financial support to help improve the Dubla's social position.

Today, the Dubla are a very stubborn people, perhaps because they were considered inferior servants for such a long time. They now work as sharecroppers, servants, and casual laborers. However, due to a lack of sufficient and consistent employment, many do migrant work in order to survive. They may spend seven months each year at brickyards near Bombay, taking their whole families with them to work. Since most of the Dubla still do not possess their own land, they remain the poorest of the farmers. The villagers depend on shopkeepers for the sale of their agricultural products and purchase of consumer goods.

Dubla villages are located along small rivers near other Bhil villages. The Dubla are among the poorest in the village, and they typically live in one-room, mud-brick houses with extremely low thatch roofs. With government aid, some have been able to obtain tile roofs, and the more prosperous even have houses of wood or brick. Their huts are not built in orderly rows, but are simply clustered together. The average number of occupants per hut has increased to the point that it is no longer possible to shelter all members of the household from the winter cold and monsoon rains. Some years they are forced to move into neighboring territories because the floods take away their homes. These villagers have very little contact-if any-with those living in cities.

The Dubla are a meek and stubborn people, worn out by their hard lifestyle and fondness of liquor. Some have realized that a proper education can help them escape "backward village life." However, school attendance remains low, and literacy is still only about ten percent.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Virtually all of the Dubla are Hindus. They look to the village bhagat (priest and medicine man) for spiritual guidance. He is thought to be the ultimate "good man," who is able to communicate with the gods. He is considered a friend, a philosopher, a guide, and a healer.

What Are Their Needs?

Teachers, missionaries and humanitarian aid workers are needed to work among these precious people and share the love of Christ with them.

Prayer Points

* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send forth faithful laborers to live and work among the Dubla.
* Ask God to grant His favor to missions agencies focusing on the Dubla.
* Ask God to give the Dubla believers boldness to share the Gospel with their own people.

Profile Source:   Bethany World Prayer Center  

People Name General Dubla
People Name in Country Dubla
Population in India 743,000
World Population 743,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Damania Dubla, Halpati, Talavia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bhil
People Name General Dubla
Ethnic Code AUG06a
People ID 16748
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:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (693,000) Maharashtra (32,000) Daman and Diu (14,000) Dadra and Nagar Have (3,500)
Delhi (800) Karnataka (200) Rajasthan (70) Goa (40)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (693,000) Maharashtra (32,000)
Daman and Diu (14,000) Dadra and Nagar Have (3,500)
Delhi (800) Karnataka (200)
Rajasthan (70) Goa (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  24  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dubli (420,000) Gujarati (330,000) Vasavi (32,000) Marathi (7,400)
Konkani (2,200) Hindi (1,700) Bhili (1,200) Gondi, Northern (800)
Kannada (300) Telugu (200) Urdu (100) Halbi (70)
Gondi, Southern (60) Oriya (40) Tamil (30) Bengali (20)
Panjabi, Eastern (20) Dhanki (20) Khandesi (10) Kachchi (10)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dubli 420,000 Gujarati 330,000
Vasavi 32,000 Marathi 7,400
Konkani 2,200 Hindi 1,700
Bhili 1,200 Gondi, Northern 800
Kannada 300 Telugu 200
Urdu 100 Halbi 70
Gondi, Southern 60 Oriya 40
Tamil 30 Bengali 20
Panjabi, Eastern 20 Dhanki 20
Khandesi 10 Kachchi 10
For Primary Language: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
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
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) 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 %)
0.34 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.60 %
0.05 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.01 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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