Rathawa in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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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 656,000
World Population 660,900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
Alternate Names Rathawa Koli, Rathvi, Rathwa, रठवा
People ID 17947
ROP3 Code 113435
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Group Rathawa
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Total Subgroups on file 3
Largest Subgroups
Bamaria
23,000
Mahania
23,000
Thebaria
23,000
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Group Rathawa
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Total Subgroups 3
  Bamaria 23,000
  Mahania 23,000
  Thebaria 23,000
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 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
646,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,900
Tamil Nadu
1,700
Daman and Diu
1,300
Rajasthan
700
Maharashtra
500
Delhi
500
Dadra and Nagar Have
400
West Bengal
400
Chhattisgarh
300
Telangana
300
Jharkhand
200
Uttar Pradesh
100
Odisha
100
Goa
60
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 18
  Gujarat 646,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,900
  Tamil Nadu 1,700
  Daman and Diu 1,300
  Rajasthan 700
  Maharashtra 500
  Delhi 500
  Dadra and Nagar Have 400
  West Bengal 400
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Telangana 300
  Jharkhand 200
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Odisha 100
  Goa 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Rathawi (438,000 speakers)
Language Code rtw   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Gujarati
210,000
Hindi
1,400
Saurashtra
1,200
Kacchi
900
Konkani
200
Marathi
200
Nimadi
200
Kannada
40
Bhili
40
Khandesi
40
Telugu
10
Other People Groups Speaking Rathawi
Primary Language Rathawi (438,000 speakers)
Language Code rtw   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Gujarati 210,000
  Hindi 1,400
  Saurashtra 1,200
  Kacchi 900
  Konkani 200
  Marathi 200
  Nimadi 200
  Kannada 40
  Bhili 40
  Khandesi 40
  Telugu 10
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
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Rathawi
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 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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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