Rathia, Hindu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Rathia, Hindu only in India






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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 ©   Used with permission  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-28
People Name General Rathia, Hindu
People Name in Country Rathia, Hindu
Population in India 701,000
World Population 701,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Rath, Rathi, Rathia, Rathodia, Rato
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Name General Rathia, Hindu
Ethnic Code CNN25z
People ID 17982
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (316,000) Rajasthan (294,000) Madhya Pradesh (91,000) Andaman and Nicobar (100)
Maharashtra (50) Punjab (30)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Himachal Pradesh (316,000) Rajasthan (294,000)
Madhya Pradesh (91,000) Andaman and Nicobar (100)
Maharashtra (50) Punjab (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  25  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (185,000) Kangri (114,000) Marwari (98,000) Panjabi, Eastern (53,000)
Bhattiyali (51,000) Churahi (49,000) Mandeali (44,000) Bagri (39,000)
Chambeali (24,000) Malvi (9,600) Sindhi (7,300) Gaddi (6,900)
Bilaspuri (5,400) Pahari, Mahasu (3,300) Pahari, Kullu (3,000) Nimadi (2,400)
Shekhawati (2,300) Dhundari (1,300) Merwari (1,000) Dogri (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 185,000 Kangri 114,000
Marwari 98,000 Panjabi, Eastern 53,000
Bhattiyali 51,000 Churahi 49,000
Mandeali 44,000 Bagri 39,000
Chambeali 24,000 Malvi 9,600
Sindhi 7,300 Gaddi 6,900
Bilaspuri 5,400 Pahari, Mahasu 3,300
Pahari, Kullu 3,000 Nimadi 2,400
Shekhawati 2,300 Dhundari 1,300
Merwari 1,000 Dogri 600
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 Global Recordings
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 Ravi Zacharias
General Yeshu Samaj
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hindi Holy Bible

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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