Dhobi (Hindu traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Kanaujia 513,000
Batham 409,000
Parit 235,000
Ajudhyabansi 171,000
Mathuria 162,000
Sribastab 154,000
Kathiya 89,000

Introduction / History

The old Indian man slowly straightens up from his bowed position as his young grandson waits impatiently. It is the first time the boy has been allowed to accompany the older boys and men to the river, and he is eager to begin. But first they must bow to the washing stone. As their ancestors before them, they earn their meager living by washing clothes for the higher castes. They are Dhobis, one of India's Dalit communities, formerly known as "untouchables." Their diet is mostly vegetables and grains, with an occasional bit of meat.


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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Dhobis follow popular Hinduism and worship local gods as well as the washing stones. The vast majority of these Dalits remain Hindu, but they have contact with other communities.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Dhobi (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray that the Dhobi people will hear the gospel and discover that Jesus Christ can wash away their sins.
* Pray that believers will tactfully share gospel recordings and play Christian radio broadcasts for Dhobi Hindus.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will give faith to the Dhobis.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-05-14
People Name General Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation DOH-bee
World Population 12,223,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 238
Alternate Names Agasa; Agasaru; Agheria; Bana; Batham; Bhai; Chakala; Chakali; Chakka; Chandbar; Charhoya; Chasa; Chasa Dhoba; Chauhan-Bhatti; Chawla; Chhimba; Darhi; Dharhiadu; Dharhiannan; Dharhiannari; Dhob; Dhoba; Dhobi; Dhopa; Dhopi; Dhupi; Hawari; Jada; Khurdanai; Madivala; Madiwal; Madiyal; Madiyali; Madvali; Madwai; Modiyal; Monson; Nurang; Oddelu; Oddollu; Oriya Chakali; Oriyavallu; Pak; Parit; Prasad Dhobi; Qasab; Raipal; Rajak; Rajaka; Rajakha; Rajpar; Rajput Dhobi; Rajukula; Ram Dhobi; Ramdu; Ranghi; Rathor; Sabhasundar; Sakala; SakalaDarhi; Sakalavadu; Sat-Chasi; Shaheri; Sharma; Sheheri Hindu; Shuklabaidya; Shukladas; Sukladas; Suklavaidya; Tanwar; Tasha; Togata; Tsakala; Vadde Chakali; Vannan; Vannari; Varetha; Varitha; Vattakkadan; Warathi; Watts; धोबी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16709
ROP3 Code 111944
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
2,522,000
Uttar Pradesh
2,426,000
Tamil Nadu
953,000
Telangana
910,000
Bihar
743,000
Maharashtra
673,000
Madhya Pradesh
666,000
Odisha
648,000
Karnataka
643,000
West Bengal
404,000
Chhattisgarh
386,000
Jharkhand
251,000
Rajasthan
190,000
Delhi
177,000
Haryana
70,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  Andhra Pradesh 2,522,000
  Uttar Pradesh 2,426,000
  Tamil Nadu 953,000
  Telangana 910,000
  Bihar 743,000
  Maharashtra 673,000
  Madhya Pradesh 666,000
  Odisha 648,000
  Karnataka 643,000
  West Bengal 404,000
  Chhattisgarh 386,000
  Jharkhand 251,000
  Rajasthan 190,000
  Delhi 177,000
  Haryana 70,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,731,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 71
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
3,471,000
Tamil
837,000
Odia
657,000
Kannada
593,000
Marathi
498,000
Bhojpuri
471,000
Bengali
423,000
Chhattisgarhi
257,000
Awadhi
225,000
Kanauji
138,000
Maithili
87,000
Gujarati
63,000
Bundeli
58,000
Magahi
45,000
Assamese
43,000
Primary Language Hindi (3,731,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 71
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 3,471,000
  Tamil 837,000
  Odia 657,000
  Kannada 593,000
  Marathi 498,000
  Bhojpuri 471,000
  Bengali 423,000
  Chhattisgarhi 257,000
  Awadhi 225,000
  Kanauji 138,000
  Maithili 87,000
  Gujarati 63,000
  Bundeli 58,000
  Magahi 45,000
  Assamese 43,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.17 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.78 %
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.
Photo Source Joshua Project 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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