Dabgar (Hindu traditions) in India

The Dabgar (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

This low status people group is considered by many to be a subdivision of the more numerous Chamars and Mochis. However, this is probably only because they get the raw skin from groups such as the Chamar, Kassi or Cheek (a Muslim group which sells goat meat) and store them and sell them to dealers. At one time they were cobblers, meaning they repaired shoes for a living. At that time they tanned hides, an occupation which gives any community low status in the Hindu world.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today they often deal with leather good, but they use leather to make drums and toys. At their festivals, they use wind instruments and (not surprisingly) drums. Like many people groups in a rapidly modernizing India, they have abandoned child marriage. This people group of 113,000 lives in various parts of northern India, where the gospel presence is weak.


What Are Their Beliefs?

If someone were to take the gospel to these Hindus, they would want to conform to their oral traditions. Telling stories, showing films, and using gospel recordings would be effective. Their chief deity is Asapuri.


What Are Their Needs?

There are probably no Dagbar people who are enjoying the abundant life only Jesus Christ can offer.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Dagbar people will abandon Asapuri, and embrace Jesus Christ, the King of kings.
Pray that they will look to the Lord for their dignity and worth instead of settling for the low caste status Hinduism has given them.
Pray for Dagbar disciples to make many more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Dabgar (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dabgar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dabgar (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Chamar; Dhabgar; Dhalgar; Dhaloti; Dhor; Gharami; Gharrami; Kuppisaz; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; ड़ाबगार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 138,000
Population all Countries 138,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
People ID 16648
ROP3 Code 111857
ROP25 Code 301872
ROP25 Name Dabgar
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 12
Largest States
Maharashtra
62,000
Gujarat
26,000
Karnataka
20,000
Uttar Pradesh
8,300
Bihar
6,500
Jharkhand
5,200
Rajasthan
3,900
Delhi
3,600
Madhya Pradesh
1,200
West Bengal
300
Uttarakhand
300
Goa
70
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 12
  Maharashtra 62,000
  Gujarat 26,000
  Karnataka 20,000
  Uttar Pradesh 8,300
  Bihar 6,500
  Jharkhand 5,200
  Rajasthan 3,900
  Delhi 3,600
  Madhya Pradesh 1,200
  West Bengal 300
  Uttarakhand 300
  Goa 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Marathi (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
23,000
Gujarati
21,000
Kannada
18,000
Bhojpuri
3,900
Konkani
800
Ahirani
800
Marwari (India)
800
Wagdi
300
Kanauji
300
Nimadi
300
Bengali
300
Kumaoni
200
Awadhi
200
Maithili
100
Mewari
100
Primary Language Marathi (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 23,000
  Gujarati 21,000
  Kannada 18,000
  Bhojpuri 3,900
  Konkani 800
  Ahirani 800
  Marwari (India) 800
  Wagdi 300
  Kanauji 300
  Nimadi 300
  Bengali 300
  Kumaoni 200
  Awadhi 200
  Maithili 100
  Mewari 100
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2022)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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