Rathawa in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Rathawa are a scheduled tribe residing in the hilly regions of the states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

What are Their Lives Like?

They are very dependent on forests for their living. Forest areas provide them land for agriculture, wild animals for food, firewood for fuel, and teak wood for building houses.

Rathawa stay in villages that are usually clusters of 40-50 houses, very near to their agricultural fields, but surrounded by a strong fence. Tamarind trees are considered to be haunted by spirits driven out of those possessed, and therefore no houses are constructed near one! There are also other distinguishing features in the construction of their houses . They always build their houses on elevated ground to prevent flooding. Around most of them there will also be a grove of palm trees. Their houses usually have no windows!

Rathawa are generally friendly with outsiders. Their way of honouring guests is by serving them food in their kitchen.

What are Their Beliefs?

Rathawa consider themselves Hindus. A handful of Rathawa have responded to the gospel message and are following Christ, but God’s Word is not available in the Rathawi language for them to read, understand and grow in their relationship with Jesus. No other Gospel resources, such as recordings, radio programmes or tracts are available in this language. God’s Word in Rathawi will make a big impact on the community. God’s Word is not available in the Rathawi language for them to read, understand and grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Prayer Points

* Rathawa to be open to the gospel message and accept Jesus as their personal Saviour.
* More Christian workers to go among them to preach the Gospel.
* The Gospel materials to be developed and widely used.
* Rathawa to be relieved from the fear of the unknown and know the Loving God

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Rathawa
People Name in Country Rathawa
Population in India 645,000
World Population 649,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Rathvi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Rathawa
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Rathawi (443,000) Gujarati (206,000) Hindi (1,900) Saurashtra (1,200)
Marathi (500) Konkani (200) Nimadi (200) Kannada (70)
Bhili (40) Dhanki (30) Kachchi (20) Telugu (20)
Bengali (10) Kukna (10) Oriya (Unknown) Panjabi, Eastern (Unknown)
Khandesi (Unknown) Urdu (Unknown) Naga, Tase (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Rathawi 443,000 Gujarati 206,000
Hindi 1,900 Saurashtra 1,200
Marathi 500 Konkani 200
Nimadi 200 Kannada 70
Bhili 40 Dhanki 30
Kachchi 20 Telugu 20
Bengali 10 Kukna 10
Oriya 0 Panjabi, Eastern 0
Khandesi 0 Urdu 0
Naga, Tase 0
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
None reported  

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.14 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.84 %
0.01 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.01 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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