Dhobi (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
13,026,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The old Indian man slowly straightens up from his bowed position as his young grandson waits impatiently. It is the first time the boy has been allowed to accompany the older boys and men to the river, and he is eager to begin. But first they must bow to the washing stone. As their ancestors before them, they earn their meager living by washing clothes for the higher castes. They are Dhobis, one of India's Dalit communities, formerly known as "untouchables." Their diet is mostly vegetables and grains, with an occasional bit of meat.

When a Dhobi girl marries, her dowry usually contains just a few items, but almost always an iron. After the men wash the customers' clothes, the women iron them and keep the money they earn to pay for household expenses. Mothers teach the girls to iron at an early age, and boys help their fathers by washing the smaller articles of clothing and by delivering packages of clean clothes to their owners.

Most of the Dhobis follow popular Hinduism and worship local gods as well as the washing stones. The vast majority of these Dalits remain Hindu, but they have contact with other communities.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Dhobi people will hear the gospel and discover that Jesus Christ can wash away their sins.
* Pray that believers will tactfully share gospel recordings and play Christian radio broadcasts for Dhobi Hindus.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give faith to the Dhobis.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-27
People Name General Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 13,026,000
World Population 13,326,300
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 261 to 269
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Agasa, Agasaru, Agheria, Bana, Batham, Bhai, Chakala, Chakali, Chakka, Chandbar, Charhoya, Chasa, Chasa Dhoba, Chauhan-Bhatti, Chawla, Chhimba, Darhi, Dharhiadu, Dharhiannan, Dharhiannari, Dhob, Dhoba, Dhobi, Dhopa, Dhopi, Dhupi, Hawari, Jada, Khurdanai, Madivala, Madiwal, Madiyal, Madiyali, Madvali, Madwai, Modiyal, Monson, Nurang, Oddelu, Oddollu, Oriya Chakali, Oriyavallu, Pak, Parit, Prasad Dhobi, Qasab, Raipal, Rajak, Rajaka, Rajakha, Rajpar, Rajput Dhobi, Rajukula, Ram Dhobi, Ramdu, Ranghi, Rathor, Sabhasundar, Sakala, SakalaDarhi, Sakalavadu, Sat-Chasi, Shaheri, Sharma, Sheheri Hindu, Shuklabaidya, Shukladas, Sukladas, Suklavaidya, Tanwar, Tasha, Togata, Tsakala, Vadde Chakali, Vannan, Vannari, Varetha, Varitha, Vattakkadan, Warathi, Watts, धोबी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16709
ROP3 Code 111944
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(2,774,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(2,701,000)
Tamil Nadu
(982,000)
Telangana
(974,000)
Odisha
(814,000)
Bihar
(782,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(714,000)
Maharashtra
(679,000)
Karnataka
(676,000)
West Bengal
(518,000)
Chhattisgarh
(411,000)
Jharkhand
(261,000)
Rajasthan
(208,000)
Delhi
(163,000)
Assam
(82,000)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh (2,774,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (2,701,000)
  Tamil Nadu (982,000)
  Telangana (974,000)
  Odisha (814,000)
  Bihar (782,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (714,000)
  Maharashtra (679,000)
  Karnataka (676,000)
  West Bengal (518,000)
  Chhattisgarh (411,000)
  Jharkhand (261,000)
  Rajasthan (208,000)
  Delhi (163,000)
  Assam (82,000)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,831,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 69
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
(3,420,000)
Tamil
(802,000)
Odia
(708,000)
Kannada
(551,000)
Bengali
(518,000)
Bhojpuri
(505,000)
Marathi
(460,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(272,000)
Awadhi
(234,000)
Kanauji
(164,000)
Maithili
(79,000)
Gujarati
(68,000)
Assamese
(57,000)
Bundeli
(44,000)
Magahi
(43,000)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (3,831,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 69
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu (3,420,000)
  Tamil (802,000)
  Odia (708,000)
  Kannada (551,000)
  Bengali (518,000)
  Bhojpuri (505,000)
  Marathi (460,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (272,000)
  Awadhi (234,000)
  Kanauji (164,000)
  Maithili (79,000)
  Gujarati (68,000)
  Assamese (57,000)
  Bundeli (44,000)
  Magahi (43,000)
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 Hindi Bible stories
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 Fathers 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)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.86 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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