Ravalia in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Ravalia or Raval are a people group of Hindu Dalits who live in western India, though a few live in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. Their traditional occupation was transporting goods on camels or on ox carts. Modern trains and trucks have taken away their livelihood.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Now they work at any job they kind find such as street sweepers, weavers, village shamans and priests and landless farm workers. Simply getting enough food for their families is a daily struggle. The lives of the Ravalia are very difficult due to their lack of education. They mostly live in 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 Beliefs?

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.


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 education for 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

* Scripture Prayers for the Ravalia in Pakistan.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to thrust out workers to the Ravalia people in Pakistan. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Ravalia people this decade. Pray for Ravalia elders to have a spiritual openness that will lead them to the cross.


References

http://rawalcommunity.yolasite.com/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ravalia
People Name in Country Ravalia
Population this Country 1,700
Population all Countries 537,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Brahma Kapali; Brahmakapali; Chaudhari; Hanagi; Jagiasi; Nath Panthi; Nathpanthi; Raul; Raval; Ravaljogi; Rawal; रवलिया
People ID 17950
ROP3 Code 113439
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 1,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (1,600 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
40
Urdu
20
Primary Language Sindhi (1,600 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 40
  Urdu 20
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language New Testament
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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