Photo Source: Anonymous
Map Source: People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
|Christian Adherents:||0.00 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Tribal - Other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
The Rabha are a Scheduled Tribe in India, where most live. There is also a small contingent of Rabhas in nine districts of Bhutan. The forest Rabhas follow traditional animistic practices tinged with some rituals of mainstream Hinduism, but village Rabhas have merged with local Hindus as far as their religious practices are concerned. Rabha peoples' religious world is pervaded with various spirits and natural objects. The main deity is called Rishi. In addition, there are the deities Rungtuk and Basek. As in most tribal communities, dances and music play an important part in the lives of the Rabhas. After every ritual they perform various dances to please their deities.
The literacy rate of this tribe in Bhutan is likely to be low. Printed resources may have limited impact.
There are quite a number of Christians among the Rabha of India, according to the Indian census. Perhaps the Lord will call some of these Christians to carry the gospel to their tribe in Bhutan.
There are no indications of followers of Jesus today among the Rabha of Bhutan.
Please pray the Lord will send the good news about Jesus to all of the Rabha tribe soon, and that they will be completely set free from superstition and the worship of created things.