Dabgar (Hindu traditions) in India

The Dabgar (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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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.


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.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-29
People Name General Dabgar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dabgar (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 136,000
World Population 136,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Chamar, Dhabgar, Dhalgar, Dhaloti, Dhor, Gharami, Gharrami, Kuppisaz, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, ड़ाबगार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16648
ROP3 Code 111857
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 12
Largest States
Maharashtra
52,000
Gujarat
22,000
Uttar Pradesh
18,000
Karnataka
16,000
Bihar
12,000
Jharkhand
4,400
Rajasthan
3,600
Delhi
3,100
West Bengal
2,400
Madhya Pradesh
1,100
Uttarakhand
1,000
Goa
50
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 12
  Maharashtra 52,000
  Gujarat 22,000
  Uttar Pradesh 18,000
  Karnataka 16,000
  Bihar 12,000
  Jharkhand 4,400
  Rajasthan 3,600
  Delhi 3,100
  West Bengal 2,400
  Madhya Pradesh 1,100
  Uttarakhand 1,000
  Goa 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (44,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
33,000
Gujarati
21,000
Kannada
18,000
Bhojpuri
9,100
Bengali
2,300
Kanauji
900
Konkani
800
Magahi
800
Ahirani
800
Sadri
600
Marwari
400
Wagdi
400
Maithili
300
Awadhi
300
Nimadi
300
Other People Groups Speaking Marathi
Primary Language Marathi (44,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 27
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 33,000
  Gujarati 21,000
  Kannada 18,000
  Bhojpuri 9,100
  Bengali 2,300
  Kanauji 900
  Konkani 800
  Magahi 800
  Ahirani 800
  Sadri 600
  Marwari 400
  Wagdi 400
  Maithili 300
  Awadhi 300
  Nimadi 300
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  (1821-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
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 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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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