Rabha in Bhutan


Population
1,600
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Rabha are a Scheduled Tribe in India, where most live. There is also a small contingent of Rabhas in nine districts of Bhutan. The forest Rabhas follow traditional animistic practices tinged with some rituals of mainstream Hinduism, but village Rabhas have merged with local Hindus as far as their religious practices are concerned. Rabha peoples' religious world is pervaded with various spirits and natural objects. The main deity is called Rishi. In addition, there are the deities Rungtuk and Basek. As in most tribal communities, dances and music play an important part in the lives of the Rabhas. After every ritual they perform various dances to please their deities.


Ministry Obstacles

The literacy rate of this tribe in Bhutan is likely to be low. Printed resources may have limited impact.


Outreach Ideas

There are quite a number of Christians among the Rabha of India, according to the Indian census. Perhaps the Lord will call some of these Christians to carry the gospel to their tribe in Bhutan.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no indications of followers of Jesus today among the Rabha of Bhutan.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Lord will send the good news about Jesus to all of the Rabha tribe soon, and that they will be completely set free from superstition and the worship of created things.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Rabha
People Name in Country Rabha
Population in Bhutan 1,600
World Population 383,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Dhuri, Maitaria, Pati, Rabba, रभा
People ID 17922
ROP3 Code 113406
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Eastern
(800)
Western
(400)
Southern
(300)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Eastern (800)
  Western (400)
  Southern (300)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Assamese
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bengali Hindi Rabha
People Groups Speaking Assamese
Primary Language Assamese
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bengali
  Hindi
  Rabha
People Groups Speaking Assamese

Primary Language:  Assamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1822-1974)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1833-1995)
Bible-NT Audio 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 Christassam recordings
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Assamese
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Path of Light (Indigitube.tv)
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 Christ for the Nations
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
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
97.87 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
2.13 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From Bhutan census data.  Current values may differ.


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