Lohara in India


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Introduction / History

Lohara people are a respected tribe similar in culture and tradition to the other tribes who live near them. The name "Lohara" is is derived from the word "loha" meaning iron. They were traditionally blacksmiths. The tribal population is made of several different castes.


Where Are they Located?

Lohara people are prominent in the central eastern states of West Bengal and Jharkhand.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Loharas are skilled in the craft of making iron, and they are noted for making first class iron products. Today many of them are involved in other types of work. They weave baskets and carve using special tools. Some are shepherds, many breed cattle, others work in agriculture. The houses they live in are very artistic in design.

Lohara people participate in festivals, arts, dancing, music, and rituals. They enjoy singing and dancing. Men and women dance and sing, wearing their traditional clothes. They create art work from hand-loomed weaving tools and wall paintings which are displayed during festival times.

They speak in the same language as other nearby tribes, which is Hindi. Bible resources exist in Hindi, yet Lohara people remain unreached.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Lohara people celebrate many festivals worshiping folk gods. Some are observed at home and others in the community. They have many social ceremonies and rituals regarding nature. They worship to please, and to be blessed by their gods.


What Are Their Needs?

These unusually creative people need to ask the questions, "Who created what we see?" and "What was the origin of our creativity?" Someone needs to reach out to Lohara people with Bible resources in the Hindi language which they understand.


Prayer Points

* Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of famlies and communities within the Lohara people through the abundant life and love Jesus offers to all nations.
* Pray for deliverance from the fear that hinders God's blessing from multiplying through the families and commnities in Lohara communities.
* Pray that spiritual barriers will be broken and that they will turn their hearts to Jesus.
* Pray that God's people will make long-lasting, intention contact with Lohara people that will result in many disciples reaching their own people.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among Lohara people leading them to love Him with their whole being.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint Lohara families, especially the children and youth, and to raise up a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses of Christ's mercy and love.


References

www.indianetzone.com/8/tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Lohara
People Name in Country Lohara
Population in India 264,000
World Population 282,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Lohra, Luhara, Luhura, लोहरा
People ID 17381
ROP3 Code 112776
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
Jharkhand
218,000
West Bengal
30,000
Bihar
7,800
Odisha
7,700
Rajasthan
700
Maharashtra
200
Andaman and Nicobar
100
Haryana
40
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
  Jharkhand 218,000
  West Bengal 30,000
  Bihar 7,800
  Odisha 7,700
  Rajasthan 700
  Maharashtra 200
  Andaman and Nicobar 100
  Haryana 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (186,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
21,000
Mundari
15,000
Ho
11,000
Santhali
11,000
Odia
6,300
Marathi
3,800
Magahi
3,100
Munda
2,400
Kurux
1,300
Sadri
1,200
Kharia
900
Punjabi, Eastern
600
Nepali
600
Maithili
400
Bhojpuri
300
Other People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (186,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 23
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 21,000
  Mundari 15,000
  Ho 11,000
  Santhali 11,000
  Odia 6,300
  Marathi 3,800
  Magahi 3,100
  Munda 2,400
  Kurux 1,300
  Sadri 1,200
  Kharia 900
  Punjabi, Eastern 600
  Nepali 600
  Maithili 400
  Bhojpuri 300
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 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
0.70 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
3.96 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
66.23 %
Islam
0.18 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.41 %
Unknown
28.52 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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