Rajwar in India


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Subgroups: 11 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Bhogta 31,000
Lathaur 31,000
Nakshedia 31,000
Rajbansi 31,000
Angar 9,400
Bhumihar 9,400
Jhuintihar 9,400
Khorriar 9,400
Rajware Unknown
Birara Unknown

Introduction / History

The Rajwar are a Dalit or untouchable caste in northeast India. They are a recognized Scheduled Caste, which means the Rajwar are eligible for special public jobs and college admissions. Since the Middle Ages, the Rajwar have served as soldiers in the armies of the northeast India.

Today, most Rajwar work as landless farm laborers. Illiteracy is a major problem for them. Without a basic education there is little hope they can move beyond the mere subsistence level. Some educated young Rajwar have moved to the cities and taken jobs in factories and in public service. Unfortunately, many Rajwar still live in primitive conditions in rural villages without electricity or indoor plumbing.

The primary languages of Rajwar are Hindi, Bengali and Magahi. They also speak other regional languages.


Where Are they Located?

The large majority of the Rajwar live in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand and
West Bengal. Smaller groups of Rajwar live in other areas of India and in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Poverty is a huge problem for the Dalit Rajwar people. Much of this issue has to do with their lack of education and Hindu religion. The Dalits or Untouchable castes "deserve" their low status due their sins in their previous lives according to the tenets of Hinduism. Even though they are Hindus, they are often denied entrance into Hindu temples and the services of Brahmin priests.

Most Rajwar live in villages without the blessings of modern life. They are endogamous, that is, they marry within their own group. Families arrange marriages, which are officiated by their priests not Brahmins. Sons inherit what little property a father may possess.

The Rajwar are not vegetarians. However, due to their economic condition, meat is reserved for special days. As Hindus, they will not eat beef. Their main foods are rice, wheat and vegetables.

The Rajwar cremate adults who die and buy dead children.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rajwar practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Since they cannot enter Hindu temples, they building their own shrines to their gods. The Rajwar offer food, flowers, prayers and incense to their gods. They believe that by performing rituals and living a good life, they can attain a better life in their next reincarnation. They also engage in folk religion to ward off evil spirits.

The Rajwar participate in the yearly Hindu holidays of Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the nine-day celebration of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The needs of the Rajwar people are great. Most of all they need to hear and believe the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. They need help in the education of adults and children. They need job training so they are break out of the cycle of poverty. They need to see that there is hope in Jesus.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Indian Christians would be moved to reach out and share the gospel with the gospel with the Rajwar.
* Pray that the Rajwar will turn away from Hinduism and embrace the hope that only the God of the Bible can offer.
* Pray that Bible-believing churches would begin in the Rajwar community.


References

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Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Rajwar
People Name in Country Rajwar
Population in India 584,000
World Population 593,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Alternate Names Rachawar, Rajaur, Rajhar, Rajjar, Rajjhar, Rujjar, Rujjhar, रजवार
People ID 17934
ROP3 Code 113422
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Group Rajwar
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Total Subgroups 11
  Bhogta 31,000
  Lathaur 31,000
  Nakshedia 31,000
  Rajbansi 31,000
  Angar 9,400
  Bhumihar 9,400
  Jhuintihar 9,400
  Khorriar 9,400
  Rajware 60
  Birara 50
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Bihar
234,000
Jharkhand
171,000
West Bengal
161,000
Madhya Pradesh
6,400
Odisha
3,600
Maharashtra
3,000
Chhattisgarh
2,600
Tripura
600
Andaman and Nicobar
600
Delhi
400
Meghalaya
300
Nagaland
200
Uttar Pradesh
100
Mizoram
100
Uttarakhand
70
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 17
  Bihar 234,000
  Jharkhand 171,000
  West Bengal 161,000
  Madhya Pradesh 6,400
  Odisha 3,600
  Maharashtra 3,000
  Chhattisgarh 2,600
  Tripura 600
  Andaman and Nicobar 600
  Delhi 400
  Meghalaya 300
  Nagaland 200
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Mizoram 100
  Uttarakhand 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (214,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
169,000
Magahi
142,000
Bhojpuri
60,000
Chhattisgarhi
2,500
Odia
2,300
Maithili
2,200
Sadri
400
Marathi
200
Santhali
90
Kumaoni
60
Mundari
50
Munda
20
Naga, Ao Koya Ho
Primary Language Hindi (214,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 169,000
  Magahi 142,000
  Bhojpuri 60,000
  Chhattisgarhi 2,500
  Odia 2,300
  Maithili 2,200
  Sadri 400
  Marathi 200
  Santhali 90
  Kumaoni 60
  Mundari 50
  Munda 20
  Naga, Ao 0
  Koya 0
  Ho 0
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
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.08 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.84 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
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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