The traditional occupation of the Pherera is the dying of cloth. However, many are now engaged in other vocations, such as tailoring and government service. Bankhandi Devi is their patron deity. Guga, Balak Nath, Kaleshwar Mahadev, Jawalamukhi, Bajarangbali, Narain and Shiva are some of their village and regional deities. Traditionally, the Rajput and Brahmin communities do not eat with the Pherera in their social gatherings, and the Pherera do not eat with the Chamar, Dumna and other such communities. The Muslim Pherera migrated to Pakistan during the Partition of 1947.
Many of the Pherera live in Himachal Pradesh, the "land of the gods" and a center for Hindu pilgrimages. There is much devotion to idols in this state.
Please pray the Lord will soon send additional workers to take the good news of Jesus to the castes and tribes of northern India. The needs are very great.
It is unlikely there any Christians within this small community in northern India. However, Revelation 5:9 indicates there will be Christians one day, and we can begin praying for them.
Please pray this small people group will not be overlooked by evangelists and church planters.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Pherera (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Pherera (Hindu traditions)|
|Population in India||3,800|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Phar, Pharaho, Pharera, Pherera, Phrera, Phrere, फेरेरा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|Persecution Rank||15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Dogri (1,500 speakers)|
|Language Code||dgo Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Dogri|
Primary Language: Dogri
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1883-1971)|
|New Testament||Yes (1826)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Dogri|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Dogri|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|