Rabari (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Rabaris have 133 subcastes. They believe they were created by Pavarti, the consort of Lord Shiva, who created a camel that kept escaping. To keep the camel, Parvati created the first Rabari to mind it. Since that time animal herding has been a sacred task for them. The Rabari view themselves as stewards rather than owners. The ancestors of the Rabari people probably migrated from Central Asia about a thousand years ago. They were traditionally nomadic, but this is changing in both India and Pakistan. They live mainly in north India though a small number live in the Sindh Province of Pakistan. Rabari means "outsider" describes how nomadic people are perceived in much of the world.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are livestock herders who are noted for their fine artwork, usually done by the women. This artwork consists of whitewashed mud sculptures and weaved goods. The women also weave things for practical use like clothes, blankets and bags. The Rabari people often live on the outskirts of cities and towns. 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 among them. However, they usually have adult marriages that are negotiated through the families. They allow for remarriage for both the widow and widower. The Rabari live in joint families. Children work with their parents.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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 they hold a three-day festival at Asthal Bohar. Because of their origin myth, the Rabari people have a special relationship with Parvati, whom they consult for big decisions. Because of their special relationship with Parvati, whom they regard as a Mother Goddess, their society is matriarchal, with women conducting most of their business affairs and managing their villages while the men keep charge of the livestock.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rabari people in Pakistan need to find new ways to earn a living. There is less and less room for herdsmen in this part of the world.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rabari (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.

Pray for a movement to Christ among the Rabari people in India and Pakistan. Pray for the Rabari people to have a spiritual hunger that will drive them into the loving arms of Jesus. Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will stay with the Rabari people until they have the chance to form their own church planting movement.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabari
https://kashgar.com.au/blogs/tribal-culture/rabari-people-of-northwest-india


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Rabari (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rabari (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation rah-BAH-ree
Population this Country 9,400
Population all Countries 1,074,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhopa; Bhope; Bhute; Chaudhari; Devagi; Mogha; Rahbari; Raika; Ranbari; Rebari; Sinai; Vishotar; राबरी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17921
ROP3 Code 113405
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sindh
9,200
Punjab
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sindh 9,200
  Punjab 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (7,300 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Dhatki
2,800
Kacchi
1,000
Marwari
200
Saraiki
200
Primary Language Sindhi (7,300 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 2,800
  Kacchi 1,000
  Marwari 200
  Saraiki 200
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language New Testament
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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