Sribastab Dhobi in India

The Sribastab Dhobi have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Dhobi people washed laundry. One of their subgroups are the Sribastab. This subgroup lives in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

When a Dhobi girl marries, her dowry usually contains just a few items, but almost always an iron. After the men wash the customers' clothes, the women iron them and keep the money they earn to pay for household expenses. Mothers teach the girls to iron at an early age, and boys help their fathers by washing the smaller articles of clothing and by delivering packages of clean clothes to their owners. Today many of them own businesses or work in government jobs, especially since their livelihood is not what it used to be.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Dhobis follow popular Hinduism and worship local gods as well as the washing stones. The vast majority remain Hindu, but they have contact with other communities. Hindus have a pragmatic view of the spirit world. Therefore, the Dhobi people often worship whatever spiritual force they believe will help them with health and economic issues.


What Are Their Needs?

Since many of their customers are starting to use washing machines, many Sribastab Dhobi are facing unemployment. They need job security and job training.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Dhobi people will hear the gospel and discover that only Jesus Christ can wash away their sins.

Pray for workers to go to the Sribastab Dhobi people in India.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will give the Sribastab Dhobi people such spiritual hunger that they will not be satisfied until they taste and see that the Lord is good.

Pray for a disciple making movement among the Sribastab Dhobi people in both India and Nepal.


Scripture Prayers for the Dhobi Sribastab in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dhobi Sribastab
People Name in Country Dhobi Sribastab
Natural Name Sribastab Dhobi
Pronunciation sur-AHV-stahv DOH-bee
Alternate Names Shrivas
Population this Country 210,000
Population all Countries 210,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
People ID 21715
ROP3 Code 118503
ROP25 Code 302072
ROP25 Name Dhobi
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 7
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
172,000
Chhattisgarh
8,900
Madhya Pradesh
8,800
Bihar
8,100
Jharkhand
6,500
Delhi
4,200
Uttarakhand
1,300
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Uttar Pradesh 172,000
  Chhattisgarh 8,900
  Madhya Pradesh 8,800
  Bihar 8,100
  Jharkhand 6,500
  Delhi 4,200
  Uttarakhand 1,300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Hindi (130,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Awadhi
19,000
Bundeli
8,200
Kanauji
6,100
Bhojpuri
5,300
Chhattisgarhi
4,700
Maithili
500
Kumaoni
400
Magahi
200
Bengali
200
Bagheli
50
Angika
40
Malvi
20
Primary Language Hindi (130,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Awadhi 19,000
  Bundeli 8,200
  Kanauji 6,100
  Bhojpuri 5,300
  Chhattisgarhi 4,700
  Maithili 500
  Kumaoni 400
  Magahi 200
  Bengali 200
  Bagheli 50
  Angika 40
  Malvi 20
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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