Dhobi (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
12,713,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
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.


Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-27
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 12,713,000
World Population 13,014,300
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
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
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 34
Largest States
(only 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (2,718,000) Andhra Pradesh (2,645,000) Tamil Nadu (962,000)
Telangana (929,000) Odisha (795,000) Bihar (766,000)
Madhya Pradesh (683,000) Karnataka (664,000) Maharashtra (663,000)
West Bengal (507,000) Chhattisgarh (402,000) Jharkhand (255,000)
Rajasthan (204,000) Delhi (157,000) Assam (80,000)
Gujarat (78,000) Haryana (75,000) Tripura (61,000)
Himachal Pradesh (21,000) Uttarakhand (20,000)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 34  (only 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (2,718,000) Andhra Pradesh (2,645,000)
Tamil Nadu (962,000) Telangana (929,000)
Odisha (795,000) Bihar (766,000)
Madhya Pradesh (683,000) Karnataka (664,000)
Maharashtra (663,000) West Bengal (507,000)
Chhattisgarh (402,000) Jharkhand (255,000)
Rajasthan (204,000) Delhi (157,000)
Assam (80,000) Gujarat (78,000)
Haryana (75,000) Tripura (61,000)
Himachal Pradesh (21,000) Uttarakhand (20,000)
Primary Language: Hindi (3,784,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 70
Secondary Languages:
(only 20 largest shown)
Telugu (3,367,000) Tamil (826,000) Oriya (738,000)
Kannada (556,000) Bengali (514,000) Bhojpuri (503,000)
Marathi (458,000) Chhattisgarhi (272,000) Awadhi (237,000)
Kanauji (164,000) Maithili (79,000) Gujarati (68,000)
Assamese (57,000) Bundeli (44,000) Dhundari (42,000)
Magahi (39,000) Konkani (36,000) Tulu (35,000)
Punjabi, Eastern (21,000) Khandesi (18,000)
Primary Language: Hindi (3,784,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 70
Secondary Languages: (only 20 largest shown)
Telugu (3,367,000) Tamil (826,000)
Oriya (738,000) Kannada (556,000)
Bengali (514,000) Bhojpuri (503,000)
Marathi (458,000) Chhattisgarhi (272,000)
Awadhi (237,000) Kanauji (164,000)
Maithili (79,000) Gujarati (68,000)
Assamese (57,000) Bundeli (44,000)
Dhundari (42,000) Magahi (39,000)
Konkani (36,000) Tulu (35,000)
Punjabi, Eastern (21,000) Khandesi (18,000)
Primary Language: Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1806-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1811-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1818-2000)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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 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)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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