Dhobi (Hindu traditions) in India


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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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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 

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-27
People Name General Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 12,336,000
World Population 12,650,200
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 246
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups on file 7
Largest Subgroups
Kanaujia
513,000
Batham
409,000
Parit
235,000
Ajudhyabansi
171,000
Mathuria
162,000
Sribastab
154,000
Kathiya
89,000
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups 7
  Kanaujia 513,000
  Batham 409,000
  Parit 235,000
  Ajudhyabansi 171,000
  Mathuria 162,000
  Sribastab 154,000
  Kathiya 89,000
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 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,629,000
Andhra Pradesh
2,562,000
Tamil Nadu
931,000
Telangana
916,000
Odisha
771,000
Bihar
742,000
Madhya Pradesh
667,000
Maharashtra
644,000
Karnataka
641,000
West Bengal
493,000
Chhattisgarh
389,000
Jharkhand
247,000
Rajasthan
199,000
Delhi
155,000
Assam
78,000
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 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 2,629,000
  Andhra Pradesh 2,562,000
  Tamil Nadu 931,000
  Telangana 916,000
  Odisha 771,000
  Bihar 742,000
  Madhya Pradesh 667,000
  Maharashtra 644,000
  Karnataka 641,000
  West Bengal 493,000
  Chhattisgarh 389,000
  Jharkhand 247,000
  Rajasthan 199,000
  Delhi 155,000
  Assam 78,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,836,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 69
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
3,415,000
Tamil
802,000
Odia
707,000
Kannada
552,000
Bengali
507,000
Bhojpuri
505,000
Marathi
460,000
Chhattisgarhi
272,000
Awadhi
234,000
Kanauji
164,000
Maithili
80,000
Gujarati
68,000
Assamese
57,000
Bundeli
44,000
Magahi
43,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (3,836,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 69
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 3,415,000
  Tamil 802,000
  Odia 707,000
  Kannada 552,000
  Bengali 507,000
  Bhojpuri 505,000
  Marathi 460,000
  Chhattisgarhi 272,000
  Awadhi 234,000
  Kanauji 164,000
  Maithili 80,000
  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 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
0.06 %
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 Joshua Project 
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 latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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