Holar in India

The Holar have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

It's too bad that the Holar people did not meet the famous Protestant missionary, William Carey. They are leather shoe repairers (then called cobblers) just as he was! Because they engage in leatherwork, they are sometimes confused with the much more numerous Chamars. Some of the Holar people make their living by playing music at social functions. This gives them contact with many other communities in western India.

The Holar people prefer to marry cousins on their mother's side, and families arrange their marriages. They allow for divorce, but the caste panchayat council helps to minimize the number of divorces by intervening in difficult situations. Many of the Holar people live in join families though a few of them prefer nuclear families.

Because of their low status (anything having to do with dead animals is considered degrading in Hindu cultures) the Holar people have protected themselves by forming their own caste association, the Maharashtra Holar Samaj Sanghat Mumbai. This organization helps them look after their own community development needs. This caste has a low literacy rate, and most of their children do not advance beyond elementary education. This keeps them from advancing in India's rapidly changing economy.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to raise up believers to help the Holar people get the education they need.
* Pray for them to have access to the many Christian resources in the Marathi language.


References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holar_caste
http://holarsamaj.hpage.co.in/information_48603219.html


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Holar
People Name in Country Holar
Population in India 146,000
World Population 146,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Handihelva, Helavamallur, Helvagola, Helvaru, Holava, Holer, Holeva, Holeya, Holia, Holiya, Holra, Hulio, Jambu, Koraga, Mirdha, Paraiyan, Pitch, Pitchguntalu, Valhar, होलर
People ID 16947
ROP3 Code 112250
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Group Holar
Ethnic Code CNN25j
Total Subgroups on file 22
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Dasa
200
Gangadikara
200
Hagga
200
Magga
200
Morasu
200
Dhanvat
0
Garode
0
Gijge
0
Gotrang
0
Gulik
0
Halmane
0
Javir
0
Kaipuda
0
Kamle
0
Karde
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Group Holar
Ethnic Code CNN25j
Total Subgroups 22 (only 15 largest shown)
  Dasa 200
  Gangadikara 200
  Hagga 200
  Magga 200
  Morasu 200
  Dhanvat 0
  Garode 0
  Gijge 0
  Gotrang 0
  Gulik 0
  Halmane 0
  Javir 0
  Kaipuda 0
  Kamle 0
  Karde 0
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 13
Largest States
Maharashtra
92,000
Odisha
30,000
Gujarat
7,400
Madhya Pradesh
6,400
Tamil Nadu
3,300
Kerala
2,800
Karnataka
1,700
Goa
700
Andhra Pradesh
500
Chhattisgarh
300
Telangana
200
Puducherry
100
Dadra and Nagar Have
20
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 13
  Maharashtra 92,000
  Odisha 30,000
  Gujarat 7,400
  Madhya Pradesh 6,400
  Tamil Nadu 3,300
  Kerala 2,800
  Karnataka 1,700
  Goa 700
  Andhra Pradesh 500
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Telangana 200
  Puducherry 100
  Dadra and Nagar Have 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (84,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
26,000
Holiya
11,000
Kannada
8,100
Gujarati
5,000
Hindi
4,200
Konkani
1,200
Pengo
1,100
Chhattisgarhi
1,100
Kui
1,000
Telugu
500
Konkani, Goan
400
Santhali
200
Tamil
200
Kuvi
200
Malayalam
100
Other People Groups Speaking Marathi
Primary Language Marathi (84,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 26,000
  Holiya 11,000
  Kannada 8,100
  Gujarati 5,000
  Hindi 4,200
  Konkani 1,200
  Pengo 1,100
  Chhattisgarhi 1,100
  Kui 1,000
  Telugu 500
  Konkani, Goan 400
  Santhali 200
  Tamil 200
  Kuvi 200
  Malayalam 100
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2002)
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 Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.81 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.29 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.82 %
Islam
0.01 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.08 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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