Rangrez (Hindu traditions) in India

The Rangrez (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Bahusagara 3,600
Unupulavadu 1,400
Chimpiga 1,300

Introduction / History

The Hindu Rangrez are a group of people who live in north and central India. Their traditional occupation was that of dyeing and printing cloth. The word Rangrez means one who pours on color or dyes in Persian. Many believe they came from Central Asia. The Rangrez are considered a Backward Caste and have become eligible for special places in public employment and university admission.

Many Rangrez are leaving their original career of dyeing and printing fabric. Cheap, chemical dyes have replaced the natural dyes used by the Rangrez, which tend to fade after washing. Rich colors play an important part in Indian rituals like weddings. Many Rangrez have begun to engage in the business of selling fabric and clothing. Other Rangrez have become involved in trade and other small businesses. Most Rangrez do not own land.

The majority of the Hindu Rangrez speaks Marathi as their primary language. Some also speak Kannada, Hindi, Telegu and Odia are their first language.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Rangrez live in the four Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and Telangana. Other smaller groups live in other states across the nation of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Rangrez are endogamous. They tend to marry within their caste. Some marry their own cousins while others will not marry anyone in their clan. Families arrange the marriages within the consent of the young people. Brahmin priests officiate at significant rituals like birth, weddings and funerals. Sons inherit their father's property. The Hindu Rangrez bury their cremated remains.

Most Rangrez live in multi-caste, multi-religion villages. They will live by themselves in a part of the village. Many young people are moving to the cities for better economic and educational opportunities.

Caste councils promote the interests of the Rangrez and decide legal disputes within the community.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rangrez practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Rangrez visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods.

The main yearly holidays of the Hindu Rangrez people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Rangrez need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to see the love and mercy of Christi lived out in practical ways before them. They would benefit from job training since their traditional career of dyeing cloth using natural dyes is disappearing.


Prayer Points

* Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Rangrez families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings.
* Pray the members of the caste councils would become Christians and lead their families to Christ.
* Pray that Indian Christians would reach out and share the gospel with the Hindu Rangrez.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Rangrez
http://lucknowobserver.com/rangrez/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-29
People Name General Rangrez (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rangrez (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 351,000
World Population 351,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Bahusagara, Bahusar, Bhavasar, Bhavasarigi, Bhavsar, Kshatriya Bhavsar, Lalgar, Langari, Lilgar, Malla, Marwadi, Mulla, Mullakka, Namdev, Namdev Maratha, Nilari, Nilgar, Ragarijuz, Ramjani, Rangani, Rangari, Rangariju, Rangirigi, Rangsaz, Rangum, Ronguni, Sabbagh, Simpi, Wannakar, Wannekar, रंग्रेज़ (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17973
ROP3 Code 113462
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 15
Largest States
Maharashtra
179,000
Karnataka
45,000
Odisha
42,000
Telangana
42,000
Bihar
26,000
Delhi
8,400
Andhra Pradesh
3,600
West Bengal
2,200
Uttar Pradesh
2,000
Goa
300
Haryana
200
Tamil Nadu
200
Jharkhand
90
Gujarat
20
Daman and Diu
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 15
  Maharashtra 179,000
  Karnataka 45,000
  Odisha 42,000
  Telangana 42,000
  Bihar 26,000
  Delhi 8,400
  Andhra Pradesh 3,600
  West Bengal 2,200
  Uttar Pradesh 2,000
  Goa 300
  Haryana 200
  Tamil Nadu 200
  Jharkhand 90
  Gujarat 20
  Daman and Diu 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (156,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kannada
42,000
Hindi
40,000
Telugu
39,000
Odia
39,000
Bhojpuri
12,000
Khandesi
8,200
Ahirani
6,200
Magahi
3,200
Bengali
1,700
Chhattisgarhi
1,100
Konkani
1,000
Maithili
400
Tamil
200
Marwari
100
Konkani, Goan
100
Primary Language Marathi (156,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kannada 42,000
  Hindi 40,000
  Telugu 39,000
  Odia 39,000
  Bhojpuri 12,000
  Khandesi 8,200
  Ahirani 6,200
  Magahi 3,200
  Bengali 1,700
  Chhattisgarhi 1,100
  Konkani 1,000
  Maithili 400
  Tamil 200
  Marwari 100
  Konkani, Goan 100
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2002)
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 (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
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: मराठी - Marathi
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.89 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.11 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  International Mission Board-SBC - Bill V  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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