Rabari (Hindu traditions) in India

Joshua Project has identified the Rabari (Hindu traditions) only in India
Population
1,097,000
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 1,097,000
World Population 1,097,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 22 to 26
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
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
(694,000)
Gujarat
(368,000)
Haryana
(19,000)
Maharashtra
(10,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(2,100)
Tamil Nadu
(1,200)
Punjab
(1,000)
Daman and Diu
(800)
Delhi
(300)
West Bengal
(200)
Dadra and Nagar Have
(200)
Chhattisgarh
(200)
Karnataka
(200)
Telangana
(100)
Jharkhand
(60)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 20
  Rajasthan (694,000)
  Gujarat (368,000)
  Haryana (19,000)
  Maharashtra (10,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (2,100)
  Tamil Nadu (1,200)
  Punjab (1,000)
  Daman and Diu (800)
  Delhi (300)
  West Bengal (200)
  Dadra and Nagar Have (200)
  Chhattisgarh (200)
  Karnataka (200)
  Telangana (100)
  Jharkhand (60)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (332,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
(307,000)
Marwari
(254,000)
Merwari
(64,000)
Mewari
(32,000)
Kacchi
(11,000)
Dhundari
(11,000)
Shekhawati
(9,500)
Bagri
(2,700)
Haroti: Harauti
(2,400)
Haryanvi
(900)
Wagdi
(800)
Saurashtra
(600)
Braj Bhasha
(400)
Konkani
(200)
Marwari
People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (332,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi (307,000)
  Marwari (254,000)
  Merwari (64,000)
  Mewari (32,000)
  Kacchi (11,000)
  Dhundari (11,000)
  Shekhawati (9,500)
  Bagri (2,700)
  Haroti: Harauti (2,400)
  Haryanvi (900)
  Wagdi (800)
  Saurashtra (600)
  Braj Bhasha (400)
  Konkani (200)
  Marwari (0)
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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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