Rabari, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Rabari, Hindu only in India

Population

996,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar


Introduction / History

The Rabari people are distributed in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajashthan and Gujarat. They are also called Raika, Rabha, Bhopa, Devagi and Utwalle. They have a caste council called Nyat that controls matters related to their community. The Rabari social organization is characterized by the clan system, locally called Ataks.

In Rajasthan the Rabari wear colourful dresses, while the Gujarati Rabari prefers white garments. They are good at the traditional art of cloth embroidery. They marry within their community. They speak Hindi, Marwari, Haryanvi and use the Devanagari script. The Rabari tend sheep, goats and camels.

Most of the Rabari are vegetarian while some are non-vegetarian; their everyday diet consists of homemade bread of millet or wheat and jowar.

Child marriage is common, however adult marriages are also performed through negotiation. Remarriage is permitted for both the widow and widower. They maintain only putative kinship with others. The Rabari live in joint families. Children are also engaged in their primary occupation. The dead are cremated.

The Rabari regard Durga and Shiva as their supreme deities. Shiva, Krishna, Durga and Amba are their clan deities. Rama, Ganesh, Shiva, Durgadevi and Hanuman are also worshipped as village deities. Every year a festival is held at Asthal Bohar for three days.

Alternate names: Rahbari, Raika, Rabari Bhopa


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Rabari people.
* For an end to child marriages and other social problems among the Rabari people.
* For children to be sent for education.



Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Rabari, Hindu
People Name in Country Rabari, Hindu
ROP3 Code 113405
Joshua Project People ID 17921
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 996,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bhopa, Bhope, Bhute, Chaudhari, Devagi, Mogha, Rahbari, Raika, Ranbari, Rebari, Sinai, Vishotar,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 328,318 Marwari 318,129 Hindi 306,648 Mewari 31,620
Kachchi 26,060 Dhundari 10,850 Shekhawati 9,490 Bagri 2,650
Haroti 2,360 Haryanvi 880 Wagdi 800 Saurashtra 620
Braj Bhasha 370 Konkani 240
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Name General Rabari, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25o
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
100.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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