Rabha in Bhutan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bhutan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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.


Prayer Focus

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


Scripture Prayers for the Rabha in Bhutan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Rabha
People Name in Country Rabha
Population this Country 1,600
Population all Countries 439,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dhuri; Maitaria; Pati; Rabba; रभा
People ID 17922
ROP3 Code 113406
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Eastern
800
Western
400
Southern
300
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 34  (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
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  (1833-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Assamese Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Path of Light Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store Operation Agape
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Assamese YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Christ for the Nations General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Assamese Literacy & Evangelism International
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 %
* From latest Bhutan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Lizameata Rabha 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more