Lohar, Hindu in India



Population

8,852,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Lohar people of India are nomadic smiths who travel in order to sell their goods. They are descendants of high-caste weapon makers of the Mewar kingdom in India. Unfortunately, they became poor nomads when the kingdom fell in 1568, and they still are today.


Where are they Located?

Although they are nomads, most of the Lohar people live in the Indian state of Rajashthan.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Lohar lead hard lives. Although they work hard, they live in extreme poverty. This is partly because most people prefer to buy goods from stores and factories, not handmade items, which are more expensive and are of less quality. In addition, many are cannot read or write because of the nomadic lifestyle they lead, where few or none have gone to school. Also, because of the Hindu caste system in India, they are considered "untouchables" and are despised. Plus, there are stereotypes about nomads, such as the idea that they are all thieves or corrupt gypsies, even though they generally work up to 14 hours a day.


What are Their Beliefs?

As with most of modern-day India, the Lohar are almost completely Hindu. Hinduists believe in and worship millions of gods, the most important of which is Brahman. To them, salvation means escaping from the seemingly endless cycle of death and reincarnation (the principle that you are reborn as another person or even an animal after you die). This escape is achieved through knowledge, devotion, and deeds.


What are Their Needs?

The Lohar need business so they can feed their families. They need either more people to buy from them or become sedentary (the opposite of nomadic, meaning they settle down in one place like we do) and take up an entire other career, which would be difficult since so few of them (or maybe even none) have had the chance to go to school. Nevertheless, their most dire need is for the love of God. They are low-caste, considered "untouchable", and are often misunderstood because of stereotypes. They are the perfect example of a people in need of God’s healing touch.


Prayer Points

* Pray for their careers. Pray that their business success increases, or, if it is God’s will that they become sedentary, that they receive the education they need.
* Pray that more audio and video resources will be created in their language, since very few or none can read or write.
* They have been deemed "untouchable". Pray that missionaries would feel a need to go to the Lohar and show them that God shows no favoritism. He accepts all people, even those considered "untouchable".
* Above all, pray for their hearts; for them to be open to God and His love.

"And then Jesus began to pray: 'I praise you, Father – Lord of heaven and earth. You have revealed Your truths to the lowly and the ignorant, the children and the crippled, the lame and the mute. You have hidden wisdom from those who pride themselves on being so wise and learned.’" (Matthew 11:25, The Voice)


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People Name General Lohar, Hindu
People Name in Country Lohar, Hindu
Population in India 8,852,000
World Population 9,166,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ahangar, Barhi, Battarha, Dodai, Dodo, Kamar, Kammara, Khar, Lohandia, Lohar, Loharia, Lohura, Lonar, Luhar, Luhara, Luharani, Mistri, Mistry, Nar, Ojali, Ojula, Ozulu, Panchal, Raj, Raj Mistri, Ramgarhia, Sandhan, Sejwani, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Silpkar, Sree Panchal, Sri Panchal, Thawai, Vishwakama, vishwakarma, Viswabrahma, Viswakarma, Vojali
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Lohar, Hindu
Ethnic Code AUG06b
People ID 17379
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  28  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (2,018,000) Bihar (1,123,000) Madhya Pradesh (775,000) Odisha (663,000)
Jharkhand (607,000) Maharashtra (561,000) Haryana (483,000) Rajasthan (445,000)
Gujarat (384,000) West Bengal (342,000) Chhattisgarh (318,000) Andhra Pradesh (307,000)
Telangana (277,000) Himachal Pradesh (194,000) Punjab (148,000) Tamil Nadu (124,000)
Delhi (76,000) Jammu and Kashmir (72,000) Karnataka (65,000) Tripura (32,000)
Total States on file:  28  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (2,018,000) Bihar (1,123,000)
Madhya Pradesh (775,000) Odisha (663,000)
Jharkhand (607,000) Maharashtra (561,000)
Haryana (483,000) Rajasthan (445,000)
Gujarat (384,000) West Bengal (342,000)
Chhattisgarh (318,000) Andhra Pradesh (307,000)
Telangana (277,000) Himachal Pradesh (194,000)
Punjab (148,000) Tamil Nadu (124,000)
Delhi (76,000) Jammu and Kashmir (72,000)
Karnataka (65,000) Tripura (32,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  77  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (4,082,000) Bhojpuri (755,000) Telugu (579,000) Oriya (564,000)
Marathi (422,000) Bengali (390,000) Gujarati (342,000) Chhattisgarhi (251,000)
Panjabi, Eastern (160,000) Maithili (134,000) Awadhi (126,000) Tamil (114,000)
Kanauji (99,000) Marwari (95,000) Haryanvi (87,000) Magahi (84,000)
Kannada (69,000) Mewari (65,000) Mandeali (64,000) Kangri (57,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 4,082,000 Bhojpuri 755,000
Telugu 579,000 Oriya 564,000
Marathi 422,000 Bengali 390,000
Gujarati 342,000 Chhattisgarhi 251,000
Panjabi, Eastern 160,000 Maithili 134,000
Awadhi 126,000 Tamil 114,000
Kanauji 99,000 Marwari 95,000
Haryanvi 87,000 Magahi 84,000
Kannada 69,000 Mewari 65,000
Mandeali 64,000 Kangri 57,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.94 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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