Lohara in India


Population
262,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Lohara of India are a respected tribe who are prominent in the state of West Bengal. They are similar in culture and tradition to the other tribes who live near them. They take part in festivals, dancing, music and rituals and are good at art work.

As well as being in West Bengal, some of the Lohara live in parts of the regions in the state of Jharkhand like Singhbhum, Hazaribag, Palamu, Ranchi and Santhal Pargana. They are skilled in the craft of making iron.

The Lohara are involved in several types of work in which they earn a living. Some are shepherds, many breed cattle. Others weave baskets. They make first class iron products. They have special tools for carving. Some of them cultivate. The houses they live in are very artistic in design.

They sing and dance too. The men and women of the Lohara dance wearing their regular traditional clothes and sing along at the same time. They do their art work from handloom weaving tools. They do wall paintings too which are put on show at festival times. They speak in the same language as other tribes in their region and their clothing is similar to the other local tribes also.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Lohara have many festivals. Some are performed at home and others are performed in the community. In the festivals they worship folk gods. They worship them to please them and to be blessed. (They need to discover that blessings come through Jesus Christ). They have many social ceremonies and rituals. The rituals are mainly to do with nature conservation and booties to help them earn a living.


References

www.indianetzone.com/8/lohara_tribe.htm


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Lohara
People Name in Country Lohara
Population in India 262,000
World Population 280,000
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
216,000
West Bengal
30,000
Bihar
7,700
Odisha
7,600
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 216,000
  West Bengal 30,000
  Bihar 7,700
  Odisha 7,600
  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 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)
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 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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