The Rathia people believe that their origins are from Rathor, a Rajput clan. Though most of the Rathia people live in India’s states of Rajasthan or Himachal Pradesh, there are a small number who live in Pakistan.
The Rathia people earn their living by farming, raising sheep or weaving woolen goods. Marriages among the Rathia are arranged, and families will negotiate an acceptable exchange before agreeing to the wedding. If his first wife does not give him a child, a Rathia man is permitted to marry a second woman. Since the Rathia are among the Rajput clans, they do not want to lose their high status by marrying outside their community. The Rathia people live in extended families. The Rathi are non-vegetarian, and their staple cereals are maize, wheat and rice. Consumption of alcohol is common among the men.
The Rathia people practice Hinduism. 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.
The Rathia people need to know that their worth is tied in with their relationship with the Almighty Father.
* Scripture Prayers for the Rathia (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.
Pray for God to send workers to point the Rathia people to the One who offers life to the full. Pray for Rathi men to be freed from alcohol addiction. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Hindu Rathia people this decade.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Rathia (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Rathia (Hindu traditions)|
|Population this Country||9,700|
|Population all Countries||704,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Rath; Rathi; Rathia; Rathodia; Rato; रतिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||5 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Saraiki
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Saraiki|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|