Rathawa in India


Population
721,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
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  
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People Name General Rathawa
People Name in Country Rathawa
Population in India 721,000
World Population 725,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Rathawa Koli, Rathvi, Rathwa, रठवा
People ID 17947
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 18
Largest States
Gujarat (711,000) Madhya Pradesh (3,000) Tamil Nadu (1,700)
Daman and Diu (1,300) Maharashtra (900) Rajasthan (700)
Delhi (500) Dadra and Nagar Have (500) West Bengal (400)
Telangana (300) Chhattisgarh (300) Jharkhand (200)
Uttar Pradesh (100) Odisha (100) Goa (60)
Kerala (50) Andhra Pradesh (40) Karnataka (30)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 18
Gujarat (711,000) Madhya Pradesh (3,000)
Tamil Nadu (1,700) Daman and Diu (1,300)
Maharashtra (900) Rajasthan (700)
Delhi (500) Dadra and Nagar Have (500)
West Bengal (400) Telangana (300)
Chhattisgarh (300) Jharkhand (200)
Uttar Pradesh (100) Odisha (100)
Goa (60) Kerala (50)
Andhra Pradesh (40) Karnataka (30)
Primary Language: Rathawi (468,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: rtw   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 17
Secondary Languages:
Gujarati (223,000) Hindi (1,600) Saurashtra (1,200)
Marathi (500) Konkani (200) Nimadi (200)
Kacchi (40) Kannada (40) Kukna (30)
Bhili (30) Telugu (10) Bengali (10)
Dhanki Oriya Punjabi, Eastern
Khandesi
Primary Language: Rathawi (468,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: rtw   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 17
Secondary Languages:
Gujarati (223,000) Hindi (1,600)
Saurashtra (1,200) Marathi (500)
Konkani (200) Nimadi (200)
Kacchi (40) Kannada (40)
Kukna (30) Bhili (30)
Telugu (10) Bengali (10)
Dhanki (10) Oriya (0)
Punjabi, Eastern (0) Khandesi (0)
Primary Language: Rathawi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.14 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.84 %
Islam
0.01 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.01 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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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


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