Thakar in India

The Thakar 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 Thakur or Thakar people were originally of Rajput descent. During Moghul invasions they fled to the forest and eventually migrated through Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to Maharashtra. They live all over the west central Indian state of Maharashtra. The main language of the Thakur is Marathi. A complete Bible and the JESUS Film are available in Marathi. There are currently no known believers among the Thakar. Many of the Thakur are unable to read and write so the gospel will have to presented to them in oral and visual forms.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Until the last few decades the Thakur were living a nomadic life of hunting and gathering. Their livelihood was dependent on the forest and what they could gather and sell. Hunting has become illegal where the Thakur live so they have had to find other ways of making a living. Today many of Thakur are engaged in low paying jobs, jobs that other Hindus will not take. These include street sweeping, working with human waste and dealing with corpses of dead animals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Thakur people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Their brand of Hinduism is influenced by folk religion. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews.


What Are Their Needs?

The Thakur people need to learn new job skills. They need to learn how to read and write if they are to have any chance of improving their place in Indian society. Most of all they need to hear and understand the good news of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thakar in India.

Ask the Lord to give the Thakur a desire to seek the truth of the Word of God. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Thakur people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Thakur people to tell them about Jesus.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thakar
People Name in Country Thakar
Population this Country 88,000
Population all Countries 88,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Thakur; ताकर
People ID 18244
ROP3 Code 113776
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)
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 1
  Maharashtra 88,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Marathi (88,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Ahirani
100
Primary Language Marathi (88,000 speakers)
Language Code mar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Ahirani 100
People Groups Speaking Marathi

Primary Language:  Marathi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1807-1957)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1982)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1821-2015)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Marathi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
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 Marathi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: मराठी - Marathi
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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