Rajdhob in India


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

Introduction / History

The Rajdhob have many clans. There is an ongoing debate as to whether they are Kshatriyas or Vaishyas, the two middle castes of Hinduism. Part of that dispute may have to do with the myth regarding their origins. Their community is named after Parashurama, an enraged Brahmin, who killed Kshatriya warriors with an ax. To save their lives, some Kshatriyas hid among the lower status Dhobis. Instead of taking up the Dhobi's laundry profession, they became cultivators. Eventually they morphed into the Rajdhob community.
Most live in Nepal, but some are farther south in Uttar Pradesh, India. In India they speak Angika, and in Nepal they speak Maithili.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Rajdhob people still try to be known as soldiers, since this gives them higher Kshatriya status. They are known as brave fighters. Each year they perform the chhathihar ceremony which involves a bow and arrow. They have their own association to protect their interests in both India and Nepal.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rajdhob 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.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

These people need to realize that they cannot please God without being empowered by the Holy Spirit. They cannot have the Holy Spirit without Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Rajdhob communities.
Pray for the Rajdhob people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Rajdhob people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Rajdhob in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajdhoves
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Rajdhoves


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Rajdhob
People Name in Country Rajdhob
Population this Country 4,600
Population all Countries 20,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names राजधोब
People ID 17968
ROP3 Code 113457
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Bihar 4,600
Website South Asia Peoples
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Angika (1,900 speakers)
Language Code anp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hindi
1,000
Maithili
1,000
Primary Language Angika (1,900 speakers)
Language Code anp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 1,000
  Maithili 1,000
People Groups Speaking Angika

Primary Language:  Angika

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2010-2011)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Angika Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
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