Introduction / History
The Rattal are a Hindu scheduled caste in Kashmir. They were traditionally the one who removed dead animals from villages and skinned cattle for leather. By working with "dead" materials, they were given low status in Hindu society. They don’t have social divisions.
What Are Their Lives Like?
They were traditionally animal skinners, but most now work in agriculture. At one time there was a land reform program that helped them own small plots of land. If the land wasn’t productive, they would become day laborers on other people’s farms. Others are weavers or small shop owners. A very few have government jobs. It is common for their children to work as domestic helpers.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The Rattal people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
What Are Their Needs?
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.
Like all other peoples of the world, this people group needs the blessings and guidance that only Jesus Christ can offer.
Pray for the Lord to bless this community economically and spiritually.
Ask God to raise up Rattal who are more desirous to know the truth than to stay on the broad road.
Ask God to send loving, committed workers to the Rattal in the near future.
Pray the Rattal would no longer be hidden away from the influence of Christ.
Pray for many of them to make disciples who will make even more disciples.
Scripture Prayers for the Ratal in India.
People of India, Vol 25. K.S. Singh. 2013