Introduction / History
The Thori of India are also called the Nayak and many of them live in the Rajgarh region of Madya Pradesh. The Thori are said to be descended from the Suryavanshi Rajputs. Some of them also live in Haryana. They speak in Hindi and read and write in Devanagari. They are not vegetarians. Their main food is jowar bread. The poor among them eat maize. The Brahmans do not accept cooked food and water from the Thori people.
What are Their Lives Like?
The Thori marry within their group. The eldest son becomes in charge of the home when the father dies and the sons get equal divisions of the property. They have birth and marriage ceremonies. They cremate their dead and have a death pollution period of twelve days. The Thori are Hindus by religion. They are not landowners and most of them work in agriculture. Some work privately. The Thori are a Scheduled Caste by classification.
The Thori in Gujarat migrated from the Mewar district of Rajasthan. They are not vegetarians and their main food is rice. The word thori comes from the word 'thor' which means thorn shrub. They speak Mewari and Gujarati. The women weave baskets to earn money for the family. The Thori sell wooden items, furniture, cricket bats and cricket wickets as well as baskets. They use modern medicine and do family planning also. They have councils that judge in community matters.
What are Their Beliefs?
They are Hindus by religion. Pabuji is their main Hindu god.
* Pray that the Thori will come to Jesus Christ where there is no caste system.
* Pray that they will come to Salvation through gospel literature.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
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