Holar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Holar only in India
Population
144,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 144,000
World Population 144,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3 to 4
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
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 13
Largest States
Maharashtra
(97,000)
Odisha
(22,000)
Gujarat
(7,800)
Madhya Pradesh
(6,700)
Tamil Nadu
(3,500)
Kerala
(2,900)
Karnataka
(1,800)
Goa
(800)
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 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Maharashtra (97,000)
  Odisha (22,000)
  Gujarat (7,800)
  Madhya Pradesh (6,700)
  Tamil Nadu (3,500)
  Kerala (2,900)
  Karnataka (1,800)
  Goa (800)
  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
(18,000)
Holiya
(11,000)
Kannada
(8,100)
Gujarati
(5,000)
Hindi
(3,400)
Konkani
(1,200)
Pengo
(1,000)
Kui
(900)
Chhattisgarhi
(700)
Telugu
(500)
Konkani, Goan
(400)
Santhali
(200)
Tamil
(200)
Kuvi
(200)
Malayalam
(100)
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 (18,000)
  Holiya (11,000)
  Kannada (8,100)
  Gujarati (5,000)
  Hindi (3,400)
  Konkani (1,200)
  Pengo (1,000)
  Kui (900)
  Chhattisgarhi (700)
  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
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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