Rathia (Hindu traditions) in India

The Rathia (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
696,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Tucked away in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh are the Rathi people. They believe that their origins are from Rathor, a Rajput clan. They speak Gadiali, a language which belongs to the Pahari group of the Indo-Aryan languages.

They earned their livelihood from agriculture and by rearing sheep. Women are also good weavers. The Rathi are non-vegetarian, and their staple cereals are maize, wheat and rice. Consumption of alcohol is common among the men.

Marriages are decided through negotiation and exchange. Polygamy is allowed, if the first wife does not bear a child. The Rathi usually live in extended families. Inter-community marriages are not encouraged by them. The dead are cremated and their ashes immersed in the river Ganga at Hardwar. However, children who die below the age of five are buried.

The Rathi worship various deities and some gods and goddesses of the wider Hindu pantheon. They share wells and other sources of crematoria, and visit the same religious shrines and participate in fairs and festivals with other communities of their area. Marriages, births, fairs and festivals are special occasions when they perform their own forms of music, dance and song.

Religion: Hindu


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Rathi people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* That they may leave idol worship and animism.
* For the Rathi men to be freed from alcohol addiction.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-28
People Name General Rathia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rathia (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 696,000
World Population 696,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Rath, Rathi, Rathia, Rathodia, Rato, रतिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17982
ROP3 Code 113472
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Himachal Pradesh
(304,000)
Rajasthan
(300,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(92,000)
Andaman and Nicobar
(100)
Maharashtra
(70)
Punjab
(30)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Himachal Pradesh (304,000)
  Rajasthan (300,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (92,000)
  Andaman and Nicobar (100)
  Maharashtra (70)
  Punjab (30)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (201,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
(96,000)
Kangri
(94,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(56,000)
Bhattiyali
(51,000)
Bagri
(50,000)
Churahi
(49,000)
Mandeali
(32,000)
Chambeali
(24,000)
Malvi
(10,000)
Sindhi
(6,900)
Gaddi
(6,900)
Bilaspuri
(5,400)
Pahari, Mahasu
(3,300)
Pahari, Kullu
(3,000)
Nimadi
(2,400)
People Groups Speaking Hindi
Primary Language Hindi (201,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari (96,000)
  Kangri (94,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (56,000)
  Bhattiyali (51,000)
  Bagri (50,000)
  Churahi (49,000)
  Mandeali (32,000)
  Chambeali (24,000)
  Malvi (10,000)
  Sindhi (6,900)
  Gaddi (6,900)
  Bilaspuri (5,400)
  Pahari, Mahasu (3,300)
  Pahari, Kullu (3,000)
  Nimadi (2,400)
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   (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Hindi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
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 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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