Lohar (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 51 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Mahul 697,000
Kanaujia 442,000
Mathuria 224,000
Viswakarma 154,000
Panchal 102,000
Mahratta 36,000
Ojha 28,000
Nicha 25,000
Ucha 25,000
Khatri 19,000

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)
World Population 9,640,400
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 187
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Hindi
People Group Lohar (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code AUG06b
Total Subgroups 51 (only 15 largest shown)
  Mahul 697,000
  Kanaujia 442,000
  Mathuria 224,000
  Viswakarma 154,000
  Panchal 102,000
  Mahratta 36,000
  Ojha 28,000
  Nicha 25,000
  Ucha 25,000
  Khatri 19,000
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 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,021,000
Bihar
1,113,000
Madhya Pradesh
794,000
Odisha
723,000
Jharkhand
641,000
Maharashtra
610,000
Haryana
482,000
Rajasthan
448,000
Gujarat
407,000
Chhattisgarh
357,000
West Bengal
323,000
Andhra Pradesh
308,000
Telangana
288,000
Punjab
204,000
Himachal Pradesh
185,000
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 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 2,021,000
  Bihar 1,113,000
  Madhya Pradesh 794,000
  Odisha 723,000
  Jharkhand 641,000
  Maharashtra 610,000
  Haryana 482,000
  Rajasthan 448,000
  Gujarat 407,000
  Chhattisgarh 357,000
  West Bengal 323,000
  Andhra Pradesh 308,000
  Telangana 288,000
  Punjab 204,000
  Himachal Pradesh 185,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (4,194,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 78
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
760,000
Odia
611,000
Telugu
603,000
Marathi
467,000
Bengali
387,000
Gujarati
360,000
Chhattisgarhi
283,000
Punjabi, Eastern
215,000
Maithili
135,000
Awadhi
125,000
Tamil
109,000
Kanauji
100,000
Marwari
97,000
Magahi
88,000
Haryanvi
87,000
Primary Language Hindi (4,194,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 78
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 760,000
  Odia 611,000
  Telugu 603,000
  Marathi 467,000
  Bengali 387,000
  Gujarati 360,000
  Chhattisgarhi 283,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 215,000
  Maithili 135,000
  Awadhi 125,000
  Tamil 109,000
  Kanauji 100,000
  Marwari 97,000
  Magahi 88,000
  Haryanvi 87,000
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 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 Father's 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)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (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 People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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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