Dharkar in India


Population
173,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The name "Dharkar" comes from dhar, meaning rope or cane making. The name fits the people; they have always made bamboo and rope products such as baskets that they sell in the markets. Like many communities, they often use "Dharkar" as a family surname as well as the name of their group.


Where Are they Located?

Most of them live either in Madhya Pradesh or Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The 159,000 Dharkars are more likely to practice child marriage than most other scheduled caste communities. However, they are much like other communities in that their marriages are arranged by their families. Each marriage is a joining of two families morethan it is a joining of two individuals. They are much more strict about divorce than other Hindu communities.

Dharkar women are very active in household jobs, and they play a major role in ritual and economic activities. They contribute to the family income. Because their children are usually wage laborers, their literacy rate remains low.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They worship their village deity, Deohar, and many Hindu gods like Hannaman (the monkey god), Vishnu and various spiritual powers. They speak Awadhi at home. When they have the chance, the Dharkar people listen to the radio and TV.


Prayer Points

* Pray for excellent Christian materials like gospel recordings to be produced and widely distributed among the Dharkar people in the Awadhi language.
* Pray for radio broadcasts that will address their spiritual need to be joined with Jesus.
* Pray that as they encounter Jesus that their traditional gods will become a thing of the past.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give them a willingness to seek and find the Savior.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Dharkar
People Name in Country Dharkar
Population in India 173,000
World Population 175,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4 to 5
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Basor Bhakt, Bentbansi, Dharki, Dhirkar, Dom, Supa Bhakt, धारकर
People ID 16713
ROP3 Code 111949
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
(146,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(26,000)
Uttarakhand
(600)
Bihar
(400)
Chhattisgarh
(100)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Uttar Pradesh (146,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (26,000)
  Uttarakhand (600)
  Bihar (400)
  Chhattisgarh (100)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (127,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
(20,000)
Awadhi
(5,800)
Bagheli
(5,600)
Kanauji
(1,900)
Chhattisgarhi
(1,200)
Garhwali
(200)
Bundeli
(200)
Kumaoni
(100)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (127,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri (20,000)
  Awadhi (5,800)
  Bagheli (5,600)
  Kanauji (1,900)
  Chhattisgarhi (1,200)
  Garhwali (200)
  Bundeli (200)
  Kumaoni (100)
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
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 Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Michael E  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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