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 have low status. 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. A small number live in Pakistan.
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 their language, Saraiki. 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.
The Dholi in Pakistan 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.
The Hindu Dholi 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.
* Scripture Prayers for the Dholi (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.
Pray for the Lord to send workers to the Dholi people to help them begin a movement to Christ. Pray that Christian materials in Saraiki will become abundantly available to the Dholi. Pray for the Lord to send them literacy teachers in Pakistan. Pray for spiritual hunger for the Dholi so that they will desire the Word of God.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Dholi (Hindu traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Dholi (Hindu traditions)|
|Population this Country||9,700|
|Population all Countries||247,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bajania; Dholi; Dholwala; Dhopi; Dhupi; Dugla; Langah; Mirasi; Nagarchi; Shilpakar; Shilpkar; ढोली (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||5 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Saraiki
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Saraiki|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|