Thori, Hindu traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Thori, Hindu traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


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 Brahmins 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.

Prayer Points

* 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

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Thori, Hindu traditions
People Name in Country Thori, Hindu traditions
Population in India 834,000
World Population 834,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Batwal Sutar, Batwal Thori, Batwala Suthar, Batwala Thori, Harijan Suthar, Mahajan, Nayak, Nayak Banjara, Nayak Thakur, Nayakula, Suthur, Thodia, Thoria, Thuria, Utlariwala Thori
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (730,000) Odisha (42,000) Haryana (34,000) Punjab (8,100)
Delhi (7,300) Gujarat (4,900) Himachal Pradesh (4,200) Madhya Pradesh (1,500)
Chhattisgarh (600) Chandigarh (400) Maharashtra (200) Karnataka (50)
Daman and Diu (20)
Total States on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Rajasthan (730,000) Odisha (42,000)
Haryana (34,000) Punjab (8,100)
Delhi (7,300) Gujarat (4,900)
Himachal Pradesh (4,200) Madhya Pradesh (1,500)
Chhattisgarh (600) Chandigarh (400)
Maharashtra (200) Karnataka (50)
Daman and Diu (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  19  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hindi (289,000) Bagri (150,000) Marwari (120,000) Merwari (53,000)
Shekhawati (52,000) Dhundari (49,000) Oriya (40,000) Panjabi, Eastern (34,000)
Mewari (22,000) Haroti: Harauti (7,900) Gujarati (4,500) Haryanvi (3,000)
Kangri (2,300) Pahari, Kullu (1,000) Malvi (500) Chhattisgarhi (400)
Kui (100) Kachchi (80) Kannada (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hindi 289,000 Bagri 150,000
Marwari 120,000 Merwari 53,000
Shekhawati 52,000 Dhundari 49,000
Oriya 40,000 Panjabi, Eastern 34,000
Mewari 22,000 Haroti: Harauti 7,900
Gujarati 4,500 Haryanvi 3,000
Kangri 2,300 Pahari, Kullu 1,000
Malvi 500 Chhattisgarhi 400
Kui 100 Kachchi 80
Kannada 50
For Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Hindi Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Hindi Bible Text / Printed Matter
Hindi Bible stories Audio Recordings
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Hindi Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

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 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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