Dholi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Dholi (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
227,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The name of the Dholi people comes from the word dhol, meaning a type of drum. This is not surprising since they have always been drummers and musicians. They play drums during weddings and other festive occasions. Most of them are now farmers.


Where Are they Located?

Almost all of the 221,000 Dholi people live rural parts of India's scenic Rajasthan state. They claim to have come from the powerful Rajput communities, but this is doubtful since they are currently a scheduled caste. Like most Hindu communities, the Dholis view themselves as being higher on the Hindu social ranking order than they actually are.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their children usually work by the time they are 15, so education is limited. They still manage to make sure their sons and sometimes their daughters go to school at an earlier age.

These Hindus listen to the radio, and most speak Marwari or Hindi, two languages that each have many Christian resources.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Only one in 1,000 is a Christian believer in Rajasthan, and outreach is limited in this northwestern state.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to thrust workers out to the Dholi people to tell them of Jesus.
* Pray that Christian materials in Marwari and Hindi will become abundantly available to this unreached people group.
* Pray for spiritual hunger.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Dholi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dholi (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 227,000
World Population 227,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bajania, Dholi, Dholwala, Dhopi, Dhupi, Dugla, Langah, Mirasi, Nagarchi, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, ढोली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16711
ROP3 Code 111947
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 9
Largest States
Rajasthan
131,000
Madhya Pradesh
63,000
Gujarat
20,000
Assam
10,000
Uttarakhand
1,100
Jammu and Kashmir
100
Arunachal Pradesh
80
Meghalaya
70
Mizoram
50
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 9
  Rajasthan 131,000
  Madhya Pradesh 63,000
  Gujarat 20,000
  Assam 10,000
  Uttarakhand 1,100
  Jammu and Kashmir 100
  Arunachal Pradesh 80
  Meghalaya 70
  Mizoram 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (108,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
24,000
Mewari
21,000
Gujarati
19,000
Merwari
11,000
Malvi
11,000
Dhundari
8,100
Assamese
6,100
Bengali
4,300
Haroti: Harauti
4,200
Shekhawati
3,000
Bagri
1,400
Kumaoni
1,000
Wagdi
400
Bagheli
400
Punjabi, Eastern
300
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (108,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 24,000
  Mewari 21,000
  Gujarati 19,000
  Merwari 11,000
  Malvi 11,000
  Dhundari 8,100
  Assamese 6,100
  Bengali 4,300
  Haroti: Harauti 4,200
  Shekhawati 3,000
  Bagri 1,400
  Kumaoni 1,000
  Wagdi 400
  Bagheli 400
  Punjabi, Eastern 300
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 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 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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
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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