Raji in India


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Introduction / History

Raji people are also called "Banrawats," "Ben-Manus" and "cave dwellers." They are a scheduled tribe.


Where Are they Located?

The Raji tribe lives in the Pithoragarh region of Uttar Pradesh in India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Raji people enjoy eating wild fruits and tree roots. The Raji women wear large and heavy jewelry that is admired. Not many Raji dress in the customary tribal way. They are very artistic, and make handbags to sell in the markets of India.

Most Raji people live in the interior forest regions. They work as gatherers, collecting honey from bee hives, fishing, hunting, and in agriculture, growing their cereal crops, hunting, and fishing. They also make and sell farming tools.

Women have a respected position among Raji people.

They do not marry within their group, and there are no child marriages. The oldest man is the leader of the family. They speak within their tribe in the Raji language, although Hindi and Urdu are also spoken in Uttar Pradesh. This is important, because written, audio, and visual Bible resources exist in these languages.

Raji people are considered the most primitive tribe in Uttar Pradesh, and they are the smallest tribe in that state.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship Hindus gods, and they worship nature. They worship to please, and to be blessed by their gods. Raji people celebrate Hindu festivals, and their own rituals. There are many forms of Hinduism with their own deities and beliefs.


What Are Their Needs?

The most desperate need of Raji people is to know their Creator, whose creation they worship, and who paid the penalty for their sins.

Although Bible resources have been produced in Hindi and Urdu, Raji people remain unreached. Someone needs to bring these resources to them. Who will it be?

Uttar Pradesh also is restricted by an anti-conversion law which persecutes any who leave the Hindu religion.


Prayer Points

* Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of families and communities within the Raji peple through the abundant life and love Jesus offers to all tribes and nations.
* Pray for deliverance from the fear that hinders God's blessing from multiplying through the Raji tribe.
* Pray that God's people will make long-lasting, intentional contact with Raji people that will result in many disciples reaching their own people.


References

www.indianetzone.com/9/raji_tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Raji
People Name in Country Raji
World Population 6,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ban Manush, Ban Raja, Ban Raji, Ban Rawat, Banmari, Faas, Fans, Janggali, Raute, Rawat, राज़ी
People ID 14514
ROP3 Code 108272
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
1,000
Uttarakhand
700
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Uttar Pradesh 1,000
  Uttarakhand 700
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Rawat (500 speakers)
Language Code jnl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Kumaoni
500
Hindi
500
Garhwali
60
Kannada Bengali Sikkimese
Primary Language Rawat (500 speakers)
Language Code jnl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Kumaoni 500
  Hindi 500
  Garhwali 60
  Kannada 10
  Bengali 10
  Sikkimese 0
People Groups Speaking Rawat

Primary Language:  Rawat

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.31 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.52 %
Islam
1.67 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.37 %
Unknown
0.06 %
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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