Raigar in India

The Raigar have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Raigar or Regar are a Scheduled Caste who live in Rajastan, west India. Scheduled means they are eligible to receive special public jobs and university admissions. Raigar comes from the work meaning dyeing or tanning of leather. Since most Hindus consider that working with dead animals is distasteful, the Raigar are deemed Dalits or untouchables. Most Raigar are landless workers in the fields. Some have left their traditional occupation leatherworking and farming and become weavers of rugs, polishers of gems and makers of ornaments for trade. Unfortunately, many Raigar are illiterate.

A few Raigar have become educated and gone to cities to become professionals and
successful businesspersons.

The primary language of the Raigar is Hindi. They also speak Marwari and other regional languages.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Raigar live in the Indian state of Rajastan. A few also live in Punjab and Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the Raigar, like all Scheduled castes, is difficult. It is a struggle to put enough food on the table for their families. They are shunned by upper caste Hindus and must live in rural villages in their own sections. Many of these villages lack access to clean water, indoors plumbing and electricity, things that westerners take for granted.

The Raigar marry within their castes but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages. Girls are often married off quite young. Sons inherit what little property a father may possess. The eldest son gets ownership of the family home and responsibility for his family.

The Raigar have their own priests and shrines because Brahmins will not help them. The Raigar are frequently denied entrance to Hindu temples by other Hindus.

Most Raigar are not vegetarians. As Hindus they will not eat beef. Meat is reserved for special occasions. Their main foods are wheat, rice, lentils and vegetables.

The Raigar have caste councils to promote their interests and settle legal disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Raigar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Raigar visit their own village shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. The god Shiva, the destroyer, has a special place in Raigar worship.

The main yearly holidays of the Raigar people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Raigar have many pressing needs. Most of all they need to hear and understand the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ workers could help the Raigar learn new job skills, obtain modern medicine and educate their children.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Raigar in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those Christians ministering to the Raigar people.
* Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Raigar families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings.
* Pray that many of the Raigar people will come to love God with their whole being and will walk in His ways.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regar
charmakars.org/cprof/regar.htm
infogalactic.com/info/Regar


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-14
People Name General Raigar
People Name in Country Raigar
World Population 891,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 18
Alternate Names Raigani, Rajgar, Regar, रायगर
People ID 17926
ROP3 Code 113410
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Rajasthan
889,000
Punjab
1,600
Gujarat
300
Karnataka
40
Daman and Diu
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Rajasthan 889,000
  Punjab 1,600
  Gujarat 300
  Karnataka 40
  Daman and Diu 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (317,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Marwari
178,000
Dhundari
131,000
Shekhawati
96,000
Mewari
86,000
Merwari
72,000
Bagri
7,600
Punjabi, Eastern
1,900
Haroti: Harauti
1,500
Gujarati
1,100
Kannada
40
Primary Language Hindi (317,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Marwari 178,000
  Dhundari 131,000
  Shekhawati 96,000
  Mewari 86,000
  Merwari 72,000
  Bagri 7,600
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,900
  Haroti: Harauti 1,500
  Gujarati 1,100
  Kannada 40
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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 (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
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 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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