Ramdasia (Hindu traditions) in India

The Ramdasia (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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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.


Scripture Prayers for the Ramdasia (Hindu traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Ramdasia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Ramdasia (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation rahm-DAH-see-uh
Alternate Names रामदसिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 287,000
Population all Countries 287,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
People ID 17937
ROP3 Code 113425
ROP25 Code 306927
ROP25 Name Ramdasia
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Punjab
129,000
Haryana
95,000
Rajasthan
47,000
Delhi
9,000
Chandigarh
4,500
Himachal Pradesh
1,900
Gujarat
1,600
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Punjab 129,000
  Haryana 95,000
  Rajasthan 47,000
  Delhi 9,000
  Chandigarh 4,500
  Himachal Pradesh 1,900
  Gujarat 1,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (106,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
102,000
Mewari
9,200
Haryanvi
8,200
Marwari (India)
5,600
Dhundari
3,900
Shekhawati
2,300
Bagri
1,600
Gujarati
900
Kangri
600
Haroti
400
Wagdi
400
Pahari, Mahasu
400
Malvi
200
Mandeali
200
Pahari, Kullu
60
Primary Language Punjabi, Eastern (106,000 speakers)
Language Code pan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 102,000
  Mewari 9,200
  Haryanvi 8,200
  Marwari (India) 5,600
  Dhundari 3,900
  Shekhawati 2,300
  Bagri 1,600
  Gujarati 900
  Kangri 600
  Haroti 400
  Wagdi 400
  Pahari, Mahasu 400
  Malvi 200
  Mandeali 200
  Pahari, Kullu 60
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Eastern

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1818-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959-2021)
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Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Eastern Literacy & Evangelism International
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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