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Map Source: People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
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|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Hindu - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
The Rajbhar people are among the original peoples in South Asia. They have low status in Hindu society. Most of the Rajbhar people live scattered throughout India's northern and eastern states, but a smaller number live either in Bangladesh or Nepal. One report says they also have a large community in India's state of Uttar Pradesh.
Agriculture is their main work. Many of them work for other people. The more fortunate ones among them are shop owners. They are not vegetarians, but rice is their staple food. The only meat they will not eat is beef because of their Hindu beliefs. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property. They do not condemn sexual immorality. Marriages are usually monogamous, unless the first wife approves him taking a second wife. When a spouse dies, the widowed is allowed to remarry. They have a community council to look after their needs and to settle their disputes.
Almost all are Hindu. Traditionally they were especially devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Today they worship many Hindu gods and participate in festivals like Holi and Diwali. They fear evil spirits so much that some will sacrifice a pig to protect themselves from harm.
The Rajbhar people need to have the chance to live life to the full through a relationship with Jesus Christ (John 10:10).
Pray that the community leaders come to Jesus Christ and help to start a movement to Christ among this entire people group. Pray for a spiritual breakthrough that will lead hundreds to Jesus Christ. Pray for workers to take the precious gospel to the Rajbhar communities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.