The term Ramoshi has been derived from Ram, the legendary hero of the Ramayana, and the Marathi word Ushi meaning Pillon. They believe that they were the caretakers and protectors of Ram's Ushi and hence the name Ramoshi was derived.
During the British regime, the Ramoshi were included in the criminal tribe category in Bombay presidency as were other tribes. This was due to the fact that the Ramoshi were involved in uprisings against the British Raj. Those tribes who were originally categorized as "Criminal Tribes" in 1871 were later defined as "Denotified Tribes." There is ongoing pressure for India to drop the designation of "Denotified Tribes."
They live primarily in the Maharashtra districts and the northwest districts of Karnataka.
The economy of the present day Ramoshi is based on the cultivation of farming lands and tending of cows, buffalo and sheep.
They are Hindu and belong to the Lingayat sect. They worship a family deity as well as a village deity. They take part in regional fairs and festivals. Affliation to a pir is reported among them.
Government jobs are needed to develop a higher living standard.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Ramoshi|
|People Name in Country||Ramoshi|
|Population in India||325,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Bedar, Berad, Naik, Naiklot, Pardhi, Ramosi, रामोशी|
|Persecution Rank||15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||7|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Marathi (293,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||mar Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Marathi|
Primary Language: Marathi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1807-1957)|
|New Testament||Yes (1811-1982)|
|Complete Bible||Yes (1821-2002)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Marathi|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Marathi|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Gods Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Fathers Love Letter|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|