Ravalia in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Subgroups: 9

Subgroup Name Population
Panchania 39,000
Sorathia 36,000
Baria 5,800
Bhalia 5,800
Bhorria 5,800
Makvania 5,800
Palai 5,800
Sakhia 5,800
Udlia 5,800

Introduction / History

The Ravalia or Raval are a people group living in west India. Their traditional occupation was transporting goods on camels or on ox carts. Modern trains and trucks have taken away their livelihood. Now they work at any job they kind find such as street sweepers, weavers, village shamans and priests and landless farm workers. The Ravalia are classified as an Other Backward Caste (OBC), which means they are eligible are special consideration in obtaining public job and university admissions. Illiteracy is a problem for the Ravalia. In a recent survey only 62% of the men and 42% of the women could read and right. If the Ravalia are to improve their place in Indian society, they will have to increase their literacy rate.

The primary language of the Ravalia is Gujarati. Many of them also speak Hindi and other regional languages.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Ravalia live in the Indian state of Gujarat. Smaller groups live in Karnataka and Maharashtra.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the Ravalia are very difficult due to their status and lack of education. Simply getting enough food for their families is a daily struggle. The Ravalia must build their own shrines to their gods and function as their own priests.

They mostly live in rural villages without the modern conveniences of electricity and indoor plumbing.

The Ravalia marry within their group. Monogamy is the general rule with families arranging marriages. Girls are often married in their middle teens. Sons inherit what little property a father possesses. Widows are allowed to remarry.

The Ravalia are not vegetarians. They do not eat beef. Meat is often reserved for feast days. The main foods of the Ravalia are wheat, rice, lentils and seasonal vegetables.


What Are Their Needs?

The needs of this low class community are huge. Most of all they need to turn from their Hindu gods to the true God of the Bible. The Ravalia need training in job skills and in educating their children. They need the services of modern medical care. Access to clean water would decrease the many diseases that plague the Ravalia.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Lord sends Christian workers to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of the Ravalia.
Pray God opens their hearts to the good news of Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those ministering to the Ravalia people.


Scripture Prayers for the Ravalia in India.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawal
http://rawalcommunity.yolasite.com/
www.revolvy.com/page/Rawal
books.google.com/books?isbn=8180280144


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Ravalia
People Name in Country Ravalia
Alternate Names Brahma Kapali; Brahmakapali; Chaudhari; Hanagi; Jagiasi; Nath Panthi; Nathpanthi; Raul; Raval; Ravaljogi; Rawal; रवलिया
Population this Country 634,000
Population all Countries 638,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
People ID 17950
ROP3 Code 113439
ROP25 Code 306968
ROP25 Name Raval Jogi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Tribal - other
People Group Ravalia
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 9
  Panchania 39,000
  Sorathia 36,000
  Baria 5,800
  Bhalia 5,800
  Bhorria 5,800
  Makvania 5,800
  Palai 5,800
  Sakhia 5,800
  Udlia 5,800
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 13
Largest States
Gujarat
610,000
Karnataka
11,000
Maharashtra
6,400
Madhya Pradesh
900
Tamil Nadu
300
Delhi
200
Daman and Diu
200
Rajasthan
100
Dadra and Nagar Have
90
West Bengal
70
Telangana
50
Chhattisgarh
40
Jharkhand
20
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 13
  Gujarat 610,000
  Karnataka 11,000
  Maharashtra 6,400
  Madhya Pradesh 900
  Tamil Nadu 300
  Delhi 200
  Daman and Diu 200
  Rajasthan 100
  Dadra and Nagar Have 90
  West Bengal 70
  Telangana 50
  Chhattisgarh 40
  Jharkhand 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.81 %
Islam
0.02 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.02 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Gujarati (482,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Hindi
35,000
Kannada
6,500
Marathi
4,000
Koli, Wadiyari
1,400
Kacchi
400
Telugu
400
Marwari (India)
300
Konkani, Goan
200
Sourashtra
100
Primary Language Gujarati (482,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 35,000
  Kannada 6,500
  Marathi 4,000
  Koli, Wadiyari 1,400
  Kacchi 400
  Telugu 400
  Marwari (India) 300
  Konkani, Goan 200
  Sourashtra 100
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source David Kugel 
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