Dhanwar in India

Photo Source:  Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Dhanwar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 77,000
World Population: 77,000
Primary Language: Chhattisgarhi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.21 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Dhanwar people have been archers who make their living by hunting wild game in the forests of central Indian states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The Indian government regulates such activities, so the Dhanwar people are more likely to engage in making baskets or agriculture. Most are landless, and the less fortunate among them are day laborers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Being a poor people, they seldom have the luxury of sending their children to school. That keeps their literacy rate low and their economic opportunities limited.

The Dhanwar people often use their clan names as their family names. They are marrying later, but unfortunately, their divorce rate is increasing. They live in nuclear families where property is inherited equally among all siblings, whether male or female.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Few of them have access to mass media, so evangelistic efforts have their limitations for these 172,000 people.

Prayer Points

Pray for the JESUS Film to become available to the Dhanwar people in a language that they can understand.
Pray for believers to go to them in efforts to develop their economic life and to introduce them to the Christ.

Text Source:   Global Prayer Digest