Rathawa in India


Population
738,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Rathawa are a scheduled tribe residing in the hilly regions of the states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are very dependent on forests for their living. Forest areas provide them land for agriculture, wild animals for food, firewood for fuel, and teak wood for building houses.

Rathawa stay in villages that are usually clusters of 40-50 houses, very near to their agricultural fields, but surrounded by a strong fence. Tamarind trees are considered to be haunted by spirits driven out of those possessed, and therefore no houses are constructed near one! There are also other distinguishing features in the construction of their houses . They always build their houses on elevated ground to prevent flooding. Around most of them there will also be a grove of palm trees. Their houses usually have no windows!

Rathawa are generally friendly with outsiders. Their way of honouring guests is by serving them food in their kitchen.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Rathawa consider themselves Hindus. A handful of Rathawa have responded to the gospel message and are following Christ, but God's Word is not available in the Rathawi language for them to read, understand and grow in their relationship with Jesus. No other Gospel resources, such as recordings, radio programmes or tracts are available in this language. God's Word in Rathawi will make a big impact on the community. God's Word is not available in the Rathawi language for them to read, understand and grow in their relationship with Jesus.


Prayer Points

* Rathawa to be open to the gospel message and accept Jesus as their personal Saviour.
* More Christian workers to go among them to preach the Gospel.
* The Gospel materials to be developed and widely used.
* Rathawa to be relieved from the fear of the unknown and know the Loving God


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Rathawa
People Name in Country Rathawa
Population in India 738,000
World Population 743,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 15 to 18
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Rathawa Koli, Rathvi, Rathwa, रठवा
People ID 17947
ROP3 Code 113435
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
(728,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(3,300)
Tamil Nadu
(1,800)
Daman and Diu
(1,400)
Maharashtra
(900)
Rajasthan
(700)
Delhi
(500)
Dadra and Nagar Have
(500)
West Bengal
(400)
Telangana
(300)
Chhattisgarh
(300)
Jharkhand
(200)
Odisha
(100)
Uttar Pradesh
(100)
Goa
(60)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 18
  Gujarat (728,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (3,300)
  Tamil Nadu (1,800)
  Daman and Diu (1,400)
  Maharashtra (900)
  Rajasthan (700)
  Delhi (500)
  Dadra and Nagar Have (500)
  West Bengal (400)
  Telangana (300)
  Chhattisgarh (300)
  Jharkhand (200)
  Odisha (100)
  Uttar Pradesh (100)
  Goa (60)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Rathawi (468,000 speakers)
Language Code rtw   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
(223,000)
Hindi
(1,600)
Saurashtra
(1,200)
Marathi
(500)
Konkani
(200)
Nimadi
(200)
Kannada
(40)
Kacchi
(40)
Kukna
(30)
Bhili
(30)
Telugu
(10)
Bengali
(10)
Dhanki Odia Khandesi
People Groups Speaking Rathawi
Primary Language Rathawi (468,000 speakers)
Language Code rtw   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati (223,000)
  Hindi (1,600)
  Saurashtra (1,200)
  Marathi (500)
  Konkani (200)
  Nimadi (200)
  Kannada (40)
  Kacchi (40)
  Kukna (30)
  Bhili (30)
  Telugu (10)
  Bengali (10)
  Dhanki (10)
  Odia (0)
  Khandesi (0)
People Groups Speaking Rathawi

Primary Language:  Rathawi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.32 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.22 %
Islam
0.03 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.27 %
Unknown
0.15 %
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Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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