Lohar (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
9,320,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

The Lohar people of India are nomadic smiths who travel in order to sell their goods. They are descendants of high-caste weapon makers of the Mewar kingdom in India. Unfortunately, they became poor nomads when the kingdom fell in 1568, and they still are today.


Where Are they Located?

Although they are nomads, most of the Lohar people live in the Indian state of Rajashthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Lohar lead hard lives. Although they work hard, they live in extreme poverty. This is partly because most people prefer to buy goods from stores and factories, not handmade items, which are more expensive and are of less quality. In addition, many are cannot read or write because of the nomadic lifestyle they lead, where few or none have gone to school. Also, because of the Hindu caste system in India, they are considered "untouchables" and are despised. Plus, there are stereotypes about nomads, such as the idea that they are all thieves or corrupt, even though they generally work up to 14 hours a day.


What Are Their Beliefs?

As with most of modern-day India, the Lohar are almost completely Hindu. Hinduists believe in and worship millions of gods, the most important of which is Brahmin. To them, salvation means escaping from the seemingly endless cycle of death and reincarnation (the principle that you are reborn as another person or even an animal after you die). This escape is achieved through knowledge, devotion, and deeds.


What Are Their Needs?

The Lohar need business so they can feed their families. They need either more people to buy from them or become sedentary (the opposite of nomadic, meaning they settle down in one place like we do) and take up an entire other career, which would be difficult since so few of them (or maybe even none) have had the chance to go to school. Nevertheless, their most dire need is for the love of God. They are low-caste, considered "untouchable", and are often misunderstood because of stereotypes. They are the perfect example of a people in need of God's healing touch.


Prayer Points

* Pray for their careers. Pray that their business success increases, or, if it is God's will that they become sedentary, that they receive the education they need.
* Pray that more audio and video resources will be created in their language, since very few or none can read or write.
* They have been deemed "untouchable". Pray that missionaries would feel a need to go to the Lohar and show them that God shows no favoritism. He accepts all people, even those considered "untouchable".
* Above all, pray for their hearts; for them to be open to God and His love.

"And then Jesus began to pray: 'I praise you, Father – Lord of heaven and earth. You have revealed Your truths to the lowly and the ignorant, the children and the crippled, the lame and the mute. You have hidden wisdom from those who pride themselves on being so wise and learned.'" (Matthew 11:25, The Voice)


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People Name General Lohar (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Lohar (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 9,320,000
World Population 9,613,500
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 186
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Ahangar, Barhi, Battarha, Dodai, Dodo, Kamar, Kammara, Khar, Lohandia, Lohar, Loharia, Lohura, Lonar, Luhar, Luhara, Luharani, Mistri, Mistry, Nar, Ojali, Ojula, Ozulu, Panchal, Raj, Raj Mistri, Ramgarhia, Sandhan, Sejwani, Shilpakar, Shilpkar, Silpkar, Sree Panchal, Sri Panchal, Thawai, Vishwakama, Vishwakarma, Viswabrahma, Viswakarma, Vojali, लोहार (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17379
ROP3 Code 112774
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 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(2,019,000)
Bihar
(1,111,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(802,000)
Odisha
(718,000)
Jharkhand
(628,000)
Maharashtra
(610,000)
Haryana
(482,000)
Rajasthan
(449,000)
Gujarat
(407,000)
Chhattisgarh
(357,000)
West Bengal
(321,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(305,000)
Telangana
(287,000)
Punjab
(204,000)
Himachal Pradesh
(184,000)
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 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh (2,019,000)
  Bihar (1,111,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (802,000)
  Odisha (718,000)
  Jharkhand (628,000)
  Maharashtra (610,000)
  Haryana (482,000)
  Rajasthan (449,000)
  Gujarat (407,000)
  Chhattisgarh (357,000)
  West Bengal (321,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (305,000)
  Telangana (287,000)
  Punjab (204,000)
  Himachal Pradesh (184,000)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (4,184,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 77
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
(759,000)
Odia
(608,000)
Telugu
(601,000)
Marathi
(466,000)
Bengali
(384,000)
Gujarati
(360,000)
Chhattisgarhi
(282,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(214,000)
Maithili
(134,000)
Awadhi
(125,000)
Tamil
(109,000)
Kanauji
(99,000)
Marwari
(96,000)
Haryanvi
(87,000)
Magahi
(85,000)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (4,184,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 77
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri (759,000)
  Odia (608,000)
  Telugu (601,000)
  Marathi (466,000)
  Bengali (384,000)
  Gujarati (360,000)
  Chhattisgarhi (282,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (214,000)
  Maithili (134,000)
  Awadhi (125,000)
  Tamil (109,000)
  Kanauji (99,000)
  Marwari (96,000)
  Haryanvi (87,000)
  Magahi (85,000)
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 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
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.84 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.13 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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