Dhimar in India

The Dhimar have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Operation World states, "India's ancient, complex, and often difficult to understand past, it's racial, ethnic, religious, and linguistic diversity, and the caste system, all make detailed population analysis very difficult."

Dhimar people are also called by the names of Bhoi, Kahar, Machandar, Baraua, and Palewar.


Where Are they Located?

They live mainly in the Central Provinces of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There are not distinct castes in the Central Provinces.

Dhimar (fishermen) people are fishermen and palanquin (sedan chair) bearers. They also work as boatmen, workmen in cultivation along the river banks, water carriers, rope weavers, grindstone sharpeners, and sellers of sweet potatoes, dry grains, rice and boiled plums.

In the spring, they join the Hindu community in Holi, a festival of colors, or "festival of love." Holi is a celebration of the end of winter, and the triumph of good over evil. It is a joyful event that unites people from all backgrounds and castes. Many participate by throwing colored waters and powders at both friends and strangers. Though the heart of Holi is play, reconciliation, love and thanksgiving, it is ultimately linked to the worship of false gods.

First cousins are not allowed to marry one another. Widows can remarry, and divorce is permitted, but it does not happen often. Children are named on the day they are born, or 12 days later. They are poor, and as a result do not cremate their dead.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Dhimar people are mostly Hindus who worship Dulha Deo, Shiva, Ganesh, Hanuman, and Lakshmi.

Persecution levels vary widely from state to state, although strong laws are being passed in Central Provinces limiting conversions to Christianity.


What Are Their Needs?

Central India remains a pioneer mission field, but outreach and response are increasing, reflecting persecution levels.

Dhimar people are generally poor and have many physical and spiritual needs. Their greatest need is for their Savior.


Prayer Points

Pray that Dhimar people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them, and false deities that weigh them down, causing them to live in fear.

Pray that as they celebrate Holi, the Holy Spirit of the one true God will enable them to experience His reconciliation – His full payment of the penalty for their sins.


References

www.india9.com
www.indianetzone.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEhimar


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-05
People Name General Dhimar
People Name in Country Dhimar
Population in India 1,826,000
World Population 1,826,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 36
Alternate Names Ahir, Balewar, Banawar, Barana, Benua, Bhoi, Bhorji, Dharhiar, Dhimen, Dhimer, Dhiwar, Dhudhiya Bharwad, Gabit, Gal Bhoi, Harkantra, Jal Kshatriya, Jalchattri, Jalchattri Kshatriya, Jhee Darhi, JheeDarhi, Jhinwar, Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Kir, Machhandar, Machhander, Mallah, Mallahan, Mangela, Page, Palewar, Raekari, Raika, Raikar, Raikari, Raikwar, Rajput, Saimari, Sanduri, धिमार
People ID 16705
ROP3 Code 111940
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 10
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
937,000
Maharashtra
516,000
Chhattisgarh
211,000
Odisha
156,000
Rajasthan
4,300
Gujarat
1,700
Delhi
400
Dadra and Nagar Have
80
Daman and Diu
80
Chandigarh
40
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 10
  Madhya Pradesh 937,000
  Maharashtra 516,000
  Chhattisgarh 211,000
  Odisha 156,000
  Rajasthan 4,300
  Gujarat 1,700
  Delhi 400
  Dadra and Nagar Have 80
  Daman and Diu 80
  Chandigarh 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,010,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
442,000
Chhattisgarhi
172,000
Odia
125,000
Bundeli
30,000
Bagheli
6,900
Nimadi
4,100
Dhundari
2,600
Gujarati
1,900
Kui
1,300
Bengali
1,100
Malvi
800
Santhali
500
Mundari: Bhumij
300
Kurux
200
Koda
200
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (1,010,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 442,000
  Chhattisgarhi 172,000
  Odia 125,000
  Bundeli 30,000
  Bagheli 6,900
  Nimadi 4,100
  Dhundari 2,600
  Gujarati 1,900
  Kui 1,300
  Bengali 1,100
  Malvi 800
  Santhali 500
  Mundari: Bhumij 300
  Kurux 200
  Koda 200
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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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