Ramdasia (Hindu traditions) in India

Ramdasia (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Ramdasia (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 287,000
World Population: 287,000
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Ramdasias are a Chamar subgroup that has the interesting distinction of being Hindu, Muslim or Sikh. The Chamar are leather workers by tradition; the word Chamar means skin worker. They are a classed as low status because of their involvement with working with dead animals. The Hindu Randasias live in the western states of India from Himachal Pradesh in the north to Gujarat in the south.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though most Chamar groups are still leather workers or weavers, most of the Ramdasias now work in agriculture or as weavers. Widows are allowed to marry but within their caste under certain conditions. The Chamar have a council to look after their needs.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There are Ramdasia Hindus, but others are either Sikh or Muslim. The three religious communities have very little contact.

What Are Their Needs?

This Chamar subgroup lives in a part of India where very few are devoted to Jesus Christ. They have very little chance to enjoy His blessings.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Ramdasia Chamars will find dignity and hope in Jesus Christ. Pray for workers to be thrust out to this unreached people group. Pray for a movement to Christ to happen among them this decade.

Text Source:   Keith Carey