Dhobi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Kanaujia 513,000
Batham 409,000
Parit 235,000
Ajudhyabansi 171,000
Mathuria 162,000
Sribastab 154,000
Kathiya 89,000

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: 2014-09-27
People Name General Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 12,296,000
World Population 12,610,200
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 245
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 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
2,621,000
Andhra Pradesh
2,552,000
Tamil Nadu
929,000
Telangana
913,000
Odisha
769,000
Bihar
739,000
Madhya Pradesh
665,000
Maharashtra
642,000
Karnataka
639,000
West Bengal
491,000
Chhattisgarh
388,000
Jharkhand
246,000
Rajasthan
198,000
Delhi
154,000
Assam
77,000
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 2,621,000
  Andhra Pradesh 2,552,000
  Tamil Nadu 929,000
  Telangana 913,000
  Odisha 769,000
  Bihar 739,000
  Madhya Pradesh 665,000
  Maharashtra 642,000
  Karnataka 639,000
  West Bengal 491,000
  Chhattisgarh 388,000
  Jharkhand 246,000
  Rajasthan 198,000
  Delhi 154,000
  Assam 77,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,839,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 70
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
3,426,000
Tamil
802,000
Odia
705,000
Kannada
543,000
Bengali
508,000
Bhojpuri
505,000
Marathi
461,000
Chhattisgarhi
272,000
Awadhi
234,000
Kanauji
164,000
Maithili
80,000
Gujarati
68,000
Assamese
57,000
Magahi
45,000
Bundeli
44,000
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (3,839,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 70
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 3,426,000
  Tamil 802,000
  Odia 705,000
  Kannada 543,000
  Bengali 508,000
  Bhojpuri 505,000
  Marathi 461,000
  Chhattisgarhi 272,000
  Awadhi 234,000
  Kanauji 164,000
  Maithili 80,000
  Gujarati 68,000
  Assamese 57,000
  Magahi 45,000
  Bundeli 44,000
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 People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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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