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.
* 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 / Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Dhobi (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Dhobi (Hindu traditions)|
|Population in Nepal||106,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3 to 4|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (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)|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Total States on file||12|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Maithili (51,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||mai Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Maithili|
Primary Language: Maithili
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Maithili|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Good News (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Maithili|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: jivən səndesh|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|