Dhobi (Sikh traditions) in India

The Dhobi (Sikh traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 11 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Katharia 51,000
Ajudhyabansi 31,000
Kathiya 26,000
Batham 18,000
Kanaujia 18,000
Parit 17,000
Sribastab 9,900
Mathuria 6,900
Ranghidhobi 2,200
Modh Randha 2,000

Introduction / History

The Dhobi are a large collective community of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. They derive their name from the Sanskrit term dahv which means 'wash.' The Dhobi are traditionally the clothes washers. They are a schedule caste in many of the states of India, where the majority of the Dhobi live.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today more than most South Asian communities the Dhobi have maintained their traditional occupation of washing clothes and running laundry services. Others have started their own businesses.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the Hindu caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and is to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God.

One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They worship their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.

There are roughly the same number of Sikhs as there are Jews in the world, but Sikhs are most concentrated in Punjab, their homeland. However, you will find smaller numbers of Sikhs all over the world. Many of the best Indian restaurants in the West are owned and operated by Sikhs.


What Are Their Needs?

Though some small success has come in ministry to the Hindu Dhobi, the Muslim and Sikh Dhobi have no known believers. In general, the attitude of the Dhobi to education is quite good.


Prayer Points

Pray that followers of Jesus will reach many Sikh Dhobis with the biblical truths such as the parables of Jesus, so they will know God's true nature.

Pray that they will come to rejoice in knowing him.

Ask God to raise up Sikh Dhobi who are more desirous to know the truth than to stay on the broad road to death.

Ask God to send loving, committed workers to the Dhobi in the near future.

Pray the Dhobi would no longer be hidden away from the influence of Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Dhobi (Sikh traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-16
People Name General Dhobi (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Dhobi (Sikh traditions)
Pronunciation DOH-bee
Population this Country 11,000
Population all Countries 11,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names धोबी (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18066
ROP3 Code 113565
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Sikh - other
People Group Dhobi (Sikh traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 11
  Katharia 51,000
  Ajudhyabansi 31,000
  Kathiya 26,000
  Batham 18,000
  Kanaujia 18,000
  Parit 17,000
  Sribastab 9,900
  Mathuria 6,900
  Ranghidhobi 2,200
  Modh Randha 2,000
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 on file 8
Largest States
Punjab
8,200
Haryana
1,900
Delhi
300
Jharkhand
300
Chandigarh
200
Rajasthan
100
Uttarakhand
40
Himachal Pradesh
30
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 8
  Punjab 8,200
  Haryana 1,900
  Delhi 300
  Jharkhand 300
  Chandigarh 200
  Rajasthan 100
  Uttarakhand 40
  Himachal Pradesh 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (7,700 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Hindi
1,400
Haryanvi
200
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (7,700 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 1,400
  Haryanvi 200
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959-2021)
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Bible-NT Text Online
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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.21 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
99.79 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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