Rathia (Muslim traditions) in India

The Rathia (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Rathia people were originally a nomadic people who lived in northwest India. At one time they were all Hindus. However, during the Mughal period some of them converted to Islam. The Rathia claim to be Rajputs or the "sons of rulers" They refer to themselves are Rajputs. Their name Rathi comes from the Rathi breed of cattle. Today the main occupation of the Rathia is still breeding cattle and sheep. For part of the year they live in villages and raise crops like cotton, wheat, lentils, roots and vegetables. For another part of the year, they travel from place to place, seeking fodder for their cattle and sheep. The Indian government does not encourage the nomadic lifestyle of the Rathia. In the 1950s the Indian government determined that the Rathia do not own the land where their cattle and sheep graze.

Illiteracy is to be a problem among the Rathia. Not being able to read and write prevents them from making progress in modern Indian society.

The primary language of the Rathia is Marwari. They also speak Hindi and other regional languages so that they can communicate with other Indians who live near them.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of Rathia live in Rajastan. A small Rathia group lives in the mountainous Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of nomadic or semi-nomadic peoples are frequently challenging. Providing education for children of a people who travel part of the year is difficult. People who live in permanent cities and villages tend to look down on are traveling cattle breeders.

The Rathia are endogamous, that is they marry witin their group. They are not allowed to marry their sons and daughters within their particular clan or gotra.

Child marriage for the girls is common. If a wife does not have children, Rathia husbands are allowed to marry another woman. Caste councils settle legal matters such as divorce, crime and monetary disagreements.

The Rathia of Muslim tradition are not vegetarian but as Muslims they do not eat pork.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rathia are Sunni Muslims. Muslims follow the teachings of the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad. The Rathia also mix their version of Islam with folk religion. They perform rituals to ward off evil spirits who inhabit nature. Muslims believe that obeying the Five Pillars of Islam will gain them entrance into Muslim heaven when they die. They believe that Jesus or Isa was only a human prophet.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rathia need to hear the life-changing message about Jesus Christ. They need to see Jesus is more than human prophet. They need to realize that only through Jesus can their sins be forgiven. The Rathia need help in job training and in educating their children.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rathia (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray for Rathia families and communities to discover and embrace the free gift of life found by trusting Christ and his finished work.
* Pray for Christian workers to be effective in demonstrating how Jesus blesses and heals families and communities.
* Pray that the Lord opens the hearts of the Muslim Rathia people so that Bible-believing churches might be planted among them.


References

globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Hindu-Rathia-People/
globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Rathia-People/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rath_tribe


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-11
People Name General Rathia (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rathia (Muslim traditions)
World Population 31,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Rath, Rathi, रतिया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17672
ROP3 Code 113114
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Rajasthan
30,000
Himachal Pradesh
100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Rajasthan 30,000
  Himachal Pradesh 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Marwari (10,000 speakers)
Language Code rwr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Bagri
6,800
Punjabi, Eastern
6,200
Hindi
2,600
Urdu
2,500
Sindhi
1,600
Shekhawati
500
Gaddi
60
Kangri
20
Primary Language Marwari (10,000 speakers)
Language Code rwr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Bagri 6,800
  Punjabi, Eastern 6,200
  Hindi 2,600
  Urdu 2,500
  Sindhi 1,600
  Shekhawati 500
  Gaddi 60
  Kangri 20
People Groups Speaking Marwari

Primary Language:  Marwari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1867)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1821)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marwari
Film / Video Ravi's Way (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Welcome Jesus (Indigitube.tv)
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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