Dhobi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Dhobi people were the ones who washed laundry in the Hindu world, be it India or Nepal. Many of them own businesses or work in government jobs. One of their subgroups are the Ajudhyabansi.


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 remain Hindu, but they have contact with other communities. Hindus have a pragmatic view of the spirit world. Therefore, the Dhobi people often worship whatever spiritual force they believe will help them in practical ways.


What Are Their Needs?

Since many of their customers are starting to use washing machines, many Ajudhyabansi Dhobi are facing unemployment. They need job security and job training.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Dhobi (Hindu traditions) in India.

Pray that the Dhobi people will hear the gospel and discover that only Jesus Christ can wash away their sins. Pray for workers to go to the Ajudhyabansi Dhobi people in India. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give the Ajudhyabansi Dhobi people such spiritual hunger that they will not be satisfied until they taste and see that the Lord is good. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Ajudhyabansi Dhobi people in both India and Nepal.


References

https://kathmandupost.com/valley/2019/09/11/times-are-changing-for-the-dhobis-of-kathmandu


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-05-14
People Name General Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation DOH-bee
Population this Country 11,993,000
Population all Countries 12,319,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 240
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 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 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
2,537,000
Uttar Pradesh
2,441,000
Tamil Nadu
958,000
Telangana
915,000
Bihar
747,000
Maharashtra
686,000
Madhya Pradesh
674,000
Odisha
652,000
Karnataka
647,000
West Bengal
406,000
Chhattisgarh
392,000
Jharkhand
252,000
Rajasthan
191,000
Delhi
178,000
Haryana
70,000
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 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  Andhra Pradesh 2,537,000
  Uttar Pradesh 2,441,000
  Tamil Nadu 958,000
  Telangana 915,000
  Bihar 747,000
  Maharashtra 686,000
  Madhya Pradesh 674,000
  Odisha 652,000
  Karnataka 647,000
  West Bengal 406,000
  Chhattisgarh 392,000
  Jharkhand 252,000
  Rajasthan 191,000
  Delhi 178,000
  Haryana 70,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,733,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 70
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
3,472,000
Tamil
837,000
Odia
657,000
Kannada
592,000
Marathi
512,000
Bhojpuri
471,000
Bengali
423,000
Chhattisgarhi
259,000
Awadhi
225,000
Kanauji
138,000
Maithili
88,000
Gujarati
63,000
Bundeli
58,000
Magahi
45,000
Assamese
43,000
Primary Language Hindi (3,733,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 70
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 3,472,000
  Tamil 837,000
  Odia 657,000
  Kannada 592,000
  Marathi 512,000
  Bhojpuri 471,000
  Bengali 423,000
  Chhattisgarhi 259,000
  Awadhi 225,000
  Kanauji 138,000
  Maithili 88,000
  Gujarati 63,000
  Bundeli 58,000
  Magahi 45,000
  Assamese 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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
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 Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.17 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.78 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Pixabay  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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