Ravalia in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Subgroups: 12 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Panchania 38,000
Sorathia 35,000
Baria 5,800
Bhalia 5,800
Bhorria 5,800
Makvania 5,800
Palai 5,800
Sakhia 5,800
Udlia 5,800
Akaramase Unknown

Introduction / History

The Ravalia or Raval are a people group of Hindu Dalits who live 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 a Scheduled Caste, 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 Dalit status and lack of education. Simply getting enough food for their families is a daily struggle. Even though they are Hindus, they are denied entrance into Hindu temples and the services of Brahmin priests. 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 Dalit 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.


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
Population in India 531,000
World Population 532,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 11
Alternate Names Brahma Kapali, Brahmakapali, Chaudhari, Hanagi, Jagiasi, Nath Panthi, Nathpanthi, Raul, Raval, Ravaljogi, Rawal, रवलिया
People ID 17950
ROP3 Code 113439
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Group Ravalia
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Total Subgroups 12
  Panchania 38,000
  Sorathia 35,000
  Baria 5,800
  Bhalia 5,800
  Bhorria 5,800
  Makvania 5,800
  Palai 5,800
  Sakhia 5,800
  Udlia 5,800
  Akaramase 100
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 13
Largest States
Gujarat
516,000
Karnataka
8,900
Maharashtra
5,300
Madhya Pradesh
800
Tamil Nadu
300
Delhi
200
Daman and Diu
100
Rajasthan
90
Dadra and Nagar Have
80
West Bengal
60
Chhattisgarh
40
Telangana
40
Jharkhand
20
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 13
  Gujarat 516,000
  Karnataka 8,900
  Maharashtra 5,300
  Madhya Pradesh 800
  Tamil Nadu 300
  Delhi 200
  Daman and Diu 100
  Rajasthan 90
  Dadra and Nagar Have 80
  West Bengal 60
  Chhattisgarh 40
  Telangana 40
  Jharkhand 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (483,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Hindi
35,000
Kannada
6,500
Marathi
4,000
Kacchi
400
Telugu
400
Merwari
300
Konkani, Goan
200
Saurashtra
100
Other People Groups Speaking Gujarati
Primary Language Gujarati (483,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 35,000
  Kannada 6,500
  Marathi 4,000
  Kacchi 400
  Telugu 400
  Merwari 300
  Konkani, Goan 200
  Saurashtra 100
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
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 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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