Vaghri (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 15 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Chunari Unknown
Kathiawari Unknown
Bagannia Unknown
Bamcha Unknown
Chibadia Unknown
Datania Unknown
Gamachia Unknown
Kakodia Unknown
Moni Unknown
Patanejis Unknown

Introduction / History

The Vaghri or Vagri are a Hindu group of people who primarily live in northwest India. Their name Vagri comes from the Sanskrit word for net. The Vagri were originally forest hunters. During the British colonial period the Vagri were labeled as a caste of petty thieves. This idea has continued to hurt the Vagri people in their desire to escape poverty. Besides being hunters, the Vagri work as traders, hawkers, animals breeders and stonemasons. Most Vagri are landless. They try to grow vegetables on the small plots of land they possess.

They are classified are a Backward Scheduled Caste so they are eligible for special places in public jobs and university admissions.

The Vagri speak their language of Vagri among themselves and Gujarati and Hindi to outsiders.


Where Are they Located?

The great majority of the Vagri live in the Indian state of Gujarat. Smaller groups live throughout the nation of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Vagri are trying to overcome their reputation of being criminals. Since literacy is low and they have limited economic opportunities, some of them have been tempted to live outside the law. They are often denied entrance to Hindu temples and the services of Brahmin priests due to their reputation as criminals.

The Vagri are endogamous, that is they like to marry within their caste. They do not marry within their individual clans or families. Monogamy is the general rule with families arranging marriages with the consent of the young persons. Newly married couples frequently live near or with the groom's parents. Sons inherit their father's property. Their dead are cremated.

The Vagri are not vegetarians but as Hindus, they do not eat beef. The main foods are rice, wheat, lentils and seasonal vegetables.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Vagri practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the many gods of the Hindu pantheon. The Vagri often build their own shrines to their patron deities because other Hindus often do not allow them to enter Hindu temples. The Vagri perform rituals and good works to try to escape the endless cycle of birth and rebirth. At their shrines they present food, flowers and prayers to their gods.

The Vagri participate in the yearly Hindu holidays of Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vagri need to hear the message of Jesus Christ that can forgive their sins and bring them new life. The Vagri need to see the love and mercy of Christ demonstrated to them by Christian workers. The Vagri need help in learning new job skills so they can escape their poverty. Christian teachers could help in educating their children so they would have a better chance to succeed in modern Indian society.


Prayer Points

* Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Vagri people to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
* Pray for Indian followers of Jesus to be effective in demonstrating to the Vagri how Jesus blesses and heals families and communities.
* Pray that God's Word might become available in the Vagri language.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vagri
researchonline.jcu.edu.au/17697/
www.wycliffe.org/prayer/articles/the-vaghri-of-pakistan


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-20
People Name General Vaghri (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Vaghri (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 565,000
World Population 571,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 11
Alternate Names Bagri, Baori, Bella, Betigar, Datia, Malia, Murli, Salar, Salat, Vagher, Vagri, Vavania, Vedu, Wadvi, Wagher, Waghri, Waghya, Wagri, Wather, वाघरि (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स))
People ID 18290
ROP3 Code 110482
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Group Vaghri (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25p
Total Subgroups 15
  Chunari 80
  Kathiawari 80
  Bagannia 0
  Bamcha 0
  Chibadia 0
  Datania 0
  Gamachia 0
  Kakodia 0
  Moni 0
  Patanejis 0
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 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarat
542,000
Maharashtra
14,000
Madhya Pradesh
3,000
Tamil Nadu
2,100
Rajasthan
800
Delhi
500
West Bengal
400
Daman and Diu
400
Karnataka
400
Telangana
300
Chhattisgarh
300
Jharkhand
200
Uttar Pradesh
200
Dadra and Nagar Have
200
Goa
80
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 18
  Gujarat 542,000
  Maharashtra 14,000
  Madhya Pradesh 3,000
  Tamil Nadu 2,100
  Rajasthan 800
  Delhi 500
  West Bengal 400
  Daman and Diu 400
  Karnataka 400
  Telangana 300
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Jharkhand 200
  Uttar Pradesh 200
  Dadra and Nagar Have 200
  Goa 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (0 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Ahirani Hindi Kannada
Kacchi Khandesi Konkani
Marathi Saurashtra Tamil
Primary Language Gujarati (0 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Ahirani
  Hindi
  Kannada
  Kacchi
  Khandesi
  Konkani
  Marathi
  Saurashtra
  Tamil
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
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 / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
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: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.87 %
Islam
0.01 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.01 %
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
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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