Lohara in India






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Introduction / History

The Lohara of India are a respected tribe who are prominent in the state of West Bengal. They are similar in culture and tradition to the other tribes who live near them. They take part in festivals, dancing, music and rituals and are good at art work.

As well as being in West Bengal, some of the Lohara live in parts of the regions in the state of Jharkhand like Singhbhum, Hazaribag, Palamu, Ranchi and Santhal Pargana. They are skilled in the craft of making iron.

The Lohara are involved in several types of work in which they earn a living. Some are shepherds, many breed cattle. Others weave baskets. They make first class iron products. They have special tools for carving. Some of them cultivate. The houses they live in are very artistic in design.

They sing and dance too. The men and women of the Lohara dance wearing their regular traditional clothes and sing along at the same time. They do their art work from handloom weaving tools. They do wall paintings too which are put on show at festival times. They speak in the same language as other tribes in their region and their clothing is similar to the other local tribes also.

What are Their Beliefs?

The Lohara have many festivals. Some are performed at home and others are performed in the community. In the festivals they worship folk gods. They worship them to please them and to be blessed. (They need to discover that blessings come through Jesus Christ). They have many social ceremonies and rituals. The rituals are mainly to do with nature conservation and booties to help them earn a living.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Lohara
People Name in Country Lohara
Population in India 311,000
World Population 329,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Lohra, Luhara, Luhura
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Lohara
Ethnic Code CNN25g
People ID 17381
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:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jharkhand (240,000) West Bengal (57,000) Bihar (10,000) Odisha (7,400)
Rajasthan (700) Maharashtra (100) Andaman and Nicobar (100) Haryana (40)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jharkhand (240,000) West Bengal (57,000)
Bihar (10,000) Odisha (7,400)
Rajasthan (700) Maharashtra (100)
Andaman and Nicobar (100) Haryana (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  34  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (204,000) Bengali (34,000) Santhali (28,000) Mundari (16,000)
Ho (10,000) Oriya (7,900) Marathi (3,600) Munda (3,200)
Kurux (1,300) Panjabi, Eastern (1,100) Sadri (1,100) Kharia (800)
Nepali (600) Telugu (100) Bodo (100) Gujarati (90)
Urdu (60) Mal Paharia (60) Khasi (60) Koda (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 204,000 Bengali 34,000
Santhali 28,000 Mundari 16,000
Ho 10,000 Oriya 7,900
Marathi 3,600 Munda 3,200
Kurux 1,300 Panjabi, Eastern 1,100
Sadri 1,100 Kharia 800
Nepali 600 Telugu 100
Bodo 100 Gujarati 90
Urdu 60 Mal Paharia 60
Khasi 60 Koda 50
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
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
2.24 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
79.96 %
0.33 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
17.33 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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