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

* Scripture Prayers for the Dhimar in India.

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  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-10-05
People Name General Dhimar
People Name in Country Dhimar
World Population 1,865,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 37
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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
954,000
Maharashtra
526,000
Chhattisgarh
216,000
Odisha
163,000
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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Madhya Pradesh 954,000
  Maharashtra 526,000
  Chhattisgarh 216,000
  Odisha 163,000
  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 (1,029,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
449,000
Chhattisgarhi
176,000
Odia
131,000
Bundeli
30,000
Bagheli
7,000
Nimadi
4,100
Dhundari
2,700
Gujarati
1,900
Malvi
1,100
Bengali
1,100
Kui
900
Santhali
500
Mundari: Bhumij
300
Kurux
200
Koda
200
Primary Language Hindi (1,029,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 449,000
  Chhattisgarhi 176,000
  Odia 131,000
  Bundeli 30,000
  Bagheli 7,000
  Nimadi 4,100
  Dhundari 2,700
  Gujarati 1,900
  Malvi 1,100
  Bengali 1,100
  Kui 900
  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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
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 The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
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 Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.