Dubla in India

The Dubla have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Subgroups: 22 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Talavia 290,000
Vasava 34,000
Kharcha 7,400
Rathodia 7,400
Balsaria 6,600
Barunia 6,600
Choria 6,600
Damani 6,600
Haravia 6,600
Isria 6,600

Introduction / History

The Dubla live along the coast of western central India, primarily in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Rajasthan. They speak Dubla, a Bhil language that belongs to the Indo-Aryan linguistic family. The Dubla tribe contains twenty sub-groups, of which the Talavias have the highest social rank.

Long ago, the cultural prosperity of Gujarat State attracted people from all the surrounding states. Gujarat became a target of the Maratha tribes, who made annual raids to the region for many years. Eventually, the Muslims fortified the area east of Surat in order to reap its economic benefits. It is believed that the Dubla moved farther south due to pressure from the Muslims.

By 1817, the British had risen to power, and attempted to mend what the Maratha had left behind. At that time, farmland was dispersed among the settlers. A long period of oppression by the Rajput and other outlaws brought the Dubla to such indebtedness that they were sold as slaves.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Agricultural slavery was not abolished until 1923. Until that time, the Dubla were in bondage to the landowners. They were completely dependent on their masters to loan them whatever they needed for survival. The masters knew that it would be impossible for the Dubla to ever pay them back; and for this, the Dubla owed their masters loyalty, respect, and submission. The slave lived near his master providing them with "economic security."

Once slavery had been abolished, the number of Dubla agricultural workers who did not own land increased. The loss of slave labor was a great setback for the landlords. Since this changeover from the bondage of servitude to the freedom of day-laborers, the government has given financial support to help improve the Dubla's social position.

Today, the Dubla are a very stubborn people, perhaps because they were considered inferior servants for such a long time. They now work as sharecroppers, servants, and casual laborers. However, due to a lack of sufficient and consistent employment, many do migrant work in order to survive. They may spend seven months each year at brickyards near Bombay, taking their whole families with them to work. Since most of the Dubla still do not possess their own land, they remain the poorest of the farmers. The villagers depend on shopkeepers for the sale of their agricultural products and purchase of consumer goods.

Dubla villages are located along small rivers near other Bhil villages. The Dubla are among the poorest in the village, and they typically live in one-room, mud-brick houses with extremely low thatch roofs. With government aid, some have been able to obtain tile roofs, and the more prosperous even have houses of wood or brick. Their huts are not built in orderly rows, but are simply clustered together. The average number of occupants per hut has increased to the point that it is no longer possible to shelter all members of the household from the winter cold and monsoon rains. Some years they are forced to move into neighboring territories because the floods take away their homes. These villagers have very little contact-if any-with those living in cities.

The Dubla are a meek and stubborn people, worn out by their hard lifestyle and fondness of liquor. Some have realized that a proper education can help them escape "backward village life." However, school attendance remains low, and literacy is still only about ten percent.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Virtually all of the Dubla are Hindus. They look to the village bhagat (priest and medicine man) for spiritual guidance. He is thought to be the ultimate "good man," who is able to communicate with the gods. He is considered a friend, a philosopher, a guide, and a healer.


What Are Their Needs?

Teachers, missionaries and humanitarian aid workers are needed to work among these precious people and share the love of Christ with them.


Prayer Points

* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send forth faithful laborers to live and work among the Dubla.
* Ask God to grant His favor to missions agencies focusing on the Dubla.
* Ask God to give the Dubla believers boldness to share the Gospel with their own people.


Profile Source:   Bethany World Prayer Center  

People Name General Dubla
People Name in Country Dubla
Population in India 678,000
World Population 678,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 14
Alternate Names Damania Dubla, Halpati, Talavia, दुबला
People ID 16748
ROP3 Code 111996
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bhil
People Group Dubla
Ethnic Code AUG06a
Total Subgroups 22 (only 15 largest shown)
  Talavia 290,000
  Vasava 34,000
  Kharcha 7,400
  Rathodia 7,400
  Balsaria 6,600
  Barunia 6,600
  Choria 6,600
  Damani 6,600
  Haravia 6,600
  Isria 6,600
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 8
Largest States
Gujarat
644,000
Maharashtra
19,000
Daman and Diu
11,000
Dadra and Nagar Have
2,700
Delhi
800
Karnataka
300
Rajasthan
80
Goa
70
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 8
  Gujarat 644,000
  Maharashtra 19,000
  Daman and Diu 11,000
  Dadra and Nagar Have 2,700
  Delhi 800
  Karnataka 300
  Rajasthan 80
  Goa 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Dubli (400,000 speakers)
Language Code dub   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
238,000
Vasavi
31,000
Marathi
4,200
Konkani
2,000
Hindi
1,300
Kannada
400
Bhili
400
Telugu
100
Odia
70
Urdu
60
Gondi, Northern
30
Tamil
30
Kacchi
20
Gondi, Adilabad
20
Dhanki
20
Primary Language Dubli (400,000 speakers)
Language Code dub   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 238,000
  Vasavi 31,000
  Marathi 4,200
  Konkani 2,000
  Hindi 1,300
  Kannada 400
  Bhili 400
  Telugu 100
  Odia 70
  Urdu 60
  Gondi, Northern 30
  Tamil 30
  Kacchi 20
  Gondi, Adilabad 20
  Dhanki 20
People Groups Speaking Dubli

Primary Language:  Dubli

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2017)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dubli
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.07 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.63 %
Islam
0.20 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.04 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
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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