Rathia, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Rathia, Hindu only in India

Population

697,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar


Introduction / History

Tucked away in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh are the Rathi people. They believe that their origins are from Rathor, a Rajput clan. They speak Gadiali, a language which belongs to the Pahari group of the Indo-Aryan languages.

They earned their livelihood from agriculture and by rearing sheep. Women are also good weavers. The Rathi are non-vegetarian, and their staple cereals are maize, wheat and rice. Consumption of alcohol is common among the men.

Marriages are decided through negotiation and exchange. Polygamy is allowed, if the first wife does not bear a child. The Rathi usually live in extended families. Inter-community marriages are not encouraged by them. The dead are cremated and their ashes immersed in the river Ganga at Hardwar. However, children who die below the age of five are buried.

The Rathi worship various deities and some gods and goddesses of the wider Hindu pantheon. They share wells and other sources of crematoria, and visit the same religious shrines and participate in fairs and festivals with other communities of their area. Marriages, births, fairs and festivals are special occasions when they perform their own forms of music, dance and song.

Religion: Hindu


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Rathi people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* That they may leave idol worship and animism.
* For the Rathi men to be freed from alcohol addiction.



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 Rathia, Hindu
People Name in Country Rathia, Hindu
ROP3 Code 113472
Joshua Project People ID 17982
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 697,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Rath, Rathi, Rathodia, Rato,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 188,125 Kangri 114,340 Marwari 99,140 Panjabi, Eastern 52,715
Bhattiyali 51,320 Churahi 48,650 Mandeali 43,640 Bagri 39,400
Chambeali 24,380 Sindhi 7,291 Gaddi 6,940 Bilaspuri 5,430
Pahari, Mahasu 3,320 Pahari, Kullu 2,990 Shekhawati 2,340 Dhundari 1,300
Ladakhi 550 Dogri 550 Mewari 340 Kachchi 150
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Rathia, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25z
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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%
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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