Rawal (Hindu traditions) in India

The Rawal (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Rawal people live mainly in Rajasthan, but some live in Maharashtra or Gujarat. They have a low literacy rate. Most use Hindi or Gujarati as their languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many work as day laborers but many others own land. Agriculture is the livelihood of most of them. Others work in industry, business and in trading. One of their women is an airline pilot who helped bring Indian nationals home from Italy during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. The husband's family must pay the bride's family a bride price. They allow for divorce and widows can marry again. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming the family head. Unlike most South Asian communities, the Rawal people bury their dead.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rawal people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

This people group needs to put all their trust in Jesus Christ, the one who came to provide abundant life to all who call on His name.


Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will lead the Rawal to a disciple making movement in the 2020s. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to putting their faith in Jesus Christ alone. Pray for intercessors and workers.


Scripture Prayers for the Rawal (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Rawal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rawal (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Bhandari; Raval; Ravalia; Rawa; Rawalia; Rubala; Rubela; Tapodhan Brahman; Tapodhan Brahmin; Yogi; रावल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 204,000
Population all Countries 204,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
People ID 17953
ROP3 Code 113442
ROP25 Code 306974
ROP25 Name Rawal
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 7
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
161,000
Rajasthan
34,000
Gujarat
2,900
Madhya Pradesh
2,400
Delhi
1,500
Daman and Diu
100
Maharashtra
100
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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 7
  Uttar Pradesh 161,000
  Rajasthan 34,000
  Gujarat 2,900
  Madhya Pradesh 2,400
  Delhi 1,500
  Daman and Diu 100
  Maharashtra 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (154,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Mewari
4,600
Marwari (India)
3,600
Gujarati
2,700
Haroti
2,600
Bagri
1,300
Malvi
800
Wagdi
600
Dhundari
300
Punjabi, Eastern
50
Primary Language Hindi (154,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Mewari 4,600
  Marwari (India) 3,600
  Gujarati 2,700
  Haroti 2,600
  Bagri 1,300
  Malvi 800
  Wagdi 600
  Dhundari 300
  Punjabi, Eastern 50
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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