Rabari (Hindu traditions) in India

The Rabari (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
1,061,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Rabari people are distributed in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajashthan and Gujarat. They are also called Raika, Rabha, Bhopa, Devagi and Utwalle. They have a caste council called Nyat that controls matters related to their community. The Rabari social organization is characterized by the clan system, locally called Ataks.

In Rajasthan the Rabari wear colourful dresses, while the Gujarati Rabari prefers white garments. They are good at the traditional art of cloth embroidery. They marry within their community. They speak Hindi, Marwari, Haryanvi and use the Devanagari script. The Rabari tend sheep, goats and camels.

Most of the Rabari are vegetarian while some are non-vegetarian; their everyday diet consists of homemade bread of millet or wheat and jowar.

Child marriage is common, however adult marriages are also performed through negotiation. Remarriage is permitted for both the widow and widower. They maintain only putative kinship with others. The Rabari live in joint families. Children are also engaged in their primary occupation. The dead are cremated.

The Rabari regard Durga and Shiva as their supreme deities. Shiva, Krishna, Durga and Amba are their clan deities. Rama, Ganesh, Shiva, Durgadevi and Hanuman are also worshipped as village deities. Every year a festival is held at Asthal Bohar for three days.

Alternate names: Rahbari, Raika, Rabari Bhopa


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Rabari people.
* For an end to child marriages and other social problems among the Rabari people.
* For children to be sent for education.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-03
People Name General Rabari (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rabari (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 1,061,000
World Population 1,061,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 21
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bhopa, Bhope, Bhute, Chaudhari, Devagi, Mogha, Rahbari, Raika, Ranbari, Rebari, Sinai, Vishotar, राबरी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17921
ROP3 Code 113405
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Group Rabari (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25o
Total Subgroups on file 28
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Chalakiya
46,000
Maru
46,000
Raika
46,000
Gujarati
2,500
Aligia
2,100
Hona
2,100
Sorathia
2,100
Vadhiara
2,100
Bhorpi
1,000
Avalpura
400
Bhatti
400
Bhopa
400
Chauhan
400
Chavda
400
Dabhi
400
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Rajasthan
People Group Rabari (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25o
Total Subgroups 28 (only 15 largest shown)
  Chalakiya 46,000
  Maru 46,000
  Raika 46,000
  Gujarati 2,500
  Aligia 2,100
  Hona 2,100
  Sorathia 2,100
  Vadhiara 2,100
  Bhorpi 1,000
  Avalpura 400
  Bhatti 400
  Bhopa 400
  Chauhan 400
  Chavda 400
  Dabhi 400
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
645,000
Gujarat
383,000
Haryana
17,000
Maharashtra
9,400
Madhya Pradesh
1,800
Tamil Nadu
1,100
Punjab
900
Daman and Diu
700
Delhi
300
West Bengal
200
Dadra and Nagar Have
200
Karnataka
200
Chhattisgarh
200
Telangana
100
Jharkhand
60
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 20
  Rajasthan 645,000
  Gujarat 383,000
  Haryana 17,000
  Maharashtra 9,400
  Madhya Pradesh 1,800
  Tamil Nadu 1,100
  Punjab 900
  Daman and Diu 700
  Delhi 300
  West Bengal 200
  Dadra and Nagar Have 200
  Karnataka 200
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Telangana 100
  Jharkhand 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (371,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Hindi
304,000
Marwari
248,000
Merwari
64,000
Mewari
33,000
Kacchi
11,000
Dhundari
10,000
Shekhawati
9,500
Haroti: Harauti
3,000
Bagri
2,700
Wagdi
1,000
Haryanvi
900
Saurashtra
600
Braj Bhasha
400
Konkani
200
Other People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (371,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 304,000
  Marwari 248,000
  Merwari 64,000
  Mewari 33,000
  Kacchi 11,000
  Dhundari 10,000
  Shekhawati 9,500
  Haroti: Harauti 3,000
  Bagri 2,700
  Wagdi 1,000
  Haryanvi 900
  Saurashtra 600
  Braj Bhasha 400
  Konkani 200
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
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 / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source Global Mapping Intl / Omid / Joshua Project  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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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