Dholi (Hindu traditions) in India

The Dholi (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The name of the Dholi people comes from the word "dhol", meaning a type of drum. This is not surprising since the Dholi have been drummers and musicians in India for centuries. They play drums during weddings and other festive occasions. The Dholi claim to have come from the powerful Rajput communities, but this is doubtful since they are currently a "scheduled caste." Scheduled castes receive special consideration for public jobs and university admissions. Like many Hindu communities, the Dholi perceive themselves as being higher on the Hindu social ranking order than others perceive them.

The primary language of the Dholi is Hindi. They also speak many other regional languages.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the 221,000 Dholi people live in rural parts of India's scenic Rajasthan state. Smaller groups also live in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Assam.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Dholi are now farmers, not professional musicians. Their children usually begin working in the fields by the time they are 15, so education is limited. However, they still send their sons, and sometimes their daughters, to school when they are young.

These Hindus listen to the radio and watch TV in Hindi. 38% of the Dholi are illiterate. Fortunately, many Christian resources are available in Hindi.

The Dholi are not vegetarian but as Hindus they do not eat beef. Their main foods are wheat, maize and vegetables.

The Dholi marry within their group but not in their clan. Marriage to one person is the general rule but polygamy is allowed. Newly married couples live with or near the groom's parents. The right of divorce belongs only to men. Caste councils promote their interests and settle legal disputes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dholi are almost 100% Hindu, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works they will attain freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Dholi are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


Only a tiny number of Dholi are believers in Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

The Dholi Hindu need to hear the message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They must see that Jesus is not just another avatar of a Hindu god like Rama or Krishna, but He is the unique Son of the one true God of the Bible. The Dholi need to see Christianity lived out before them in practical ways.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for the Lord to send workers to the Dholi people to tell them of Jesus.
* Pray that Christian materials in Hindi and Marwari will become abundantly available to the Dholi.
* Pray for the Lord to send them literacy teachers.
* Pray for spiritual hunger for the Dholi so that they will desire the Word of God.


References

http://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/scheduled-tribes-welfare/ministry-of-tribal-welfare
https://indikosh.com/vill/84894/dholi
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16711/IN


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Dholi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dholi (Hindu traditions)
World Population 237,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Bajania; Dholi; Dholwala; Dhopi; Dhupi; Dugla; Langah; Mirasi; Nagarchi; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; ढोली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16711
ROP3 Code 111947
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 11
Largest States
Rajasthan
133,000
Madhya Pradesh
64,000
Gujarat
20,000
Tripura
9,300
Assam
7,700
Uttarakhand
1,100
Jammu and Kashmir
100
Arunachal Pradesh
80
Meghalaya
60
Mizoram
50
Karnataka
40
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 11
  Rajasthan 133,000
  Madhya Pradesh 64,000
  Gujarat 20,000
  Tripura 9,300
  Assam 7,700
  Uttarakhand 1,100
  Jammu and Kashmir 100
  Arunachal Pradesh 80
  Meghalaya 60
  Mizoram 50
  Karnataka 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (120,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
22,000
Gujarati
20,000
Mewari
19,000
Malvi
11,000
Bengali
10,000
Merwari
9,600
Assamese
7,000
Dhundari
6,600
Haroti: Harauti
4,200
Shekhawati
2,500
Bagri
1,300
Kumaoni
1,000
Wagdi
500
Bagheli
400
Punjabi, Eastern
300
Primary Language Hindi (120,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 22,000
  Gujarati 20,000
  Mewari 19,000
  Malvi 11,000
  Bengali 10,000
  Merwari 9,600
  Assamese 7,000
  Dhundari 6,600
  Haroti: Harauti 4,200
  Shekhawati 2,500
  Bagri 1,300
  Kumaoni 1,000
  Wagdi 500
  Bagheli 400
  Punjabi, Eastern 300
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more