Dhobi Parit in India

Dhobi Parit
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People Name: Dhobi Parit
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 301,000
World Population: 301,000
Primary Language: Marathi
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

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

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.

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 their practical needs.

What Are Their Needs?

Since many of their customers are starting to use washing machines, many Parit 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 Parit Dhobi people in India.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will give the Parit 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 Parit Dhobi people in both India and Nepal.

Text Source:   Joshua Project