Dhobi Kanaujia in India

Dhobi Kanaujia
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Dhobi Kanaujia
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 482,000
World Population: 483,800
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

Traditionally the Dhobi people were the ones who washed laundry in the Hindu world, be it India or Nepal. They are Dalits, one of the lower status communities. One of their subgroups are the Kanaujias.

What Are Their Lives Like?

When a Dhobi girl marries, her dowry usually contains just a few items, but almost always an iron. After the men wash the customers' clothes, the women iron them and keep the money they earn to pay for household expenses. Mothers teach the girls to iron at an early age, and boys help their fathers by washing the smaller articles of clothing and by delivering packages of clean clothes to their owners.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of the Kanaujia Dhobis follow popular Hinduism and worship local gods as well as the washing stones. The vast majority of these Dalits remain Hindu, but they have contact with other communities. Hindus have a pragmatic view of the spirit world. Therefore, the Dhobi people often worship whatever spiritual force they believe will help them in practical ways.

What Are Their Needs?

Since many of their customers are starting to use washing machines, many Kanaujia Dhobi are facing unemployment. They need job security and job training.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Dhobi people will hear the gospel and discover that only Jesus Christ can wash away their sins. Pray for workers to go to the Kanaujia Dhobi people in Nepal. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give the Kanaujia Dhobi people such spiritual hunger that they will not be satisfied until they taste and see that the Lord is good. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Kanaujia Dhobi people in both India and Nepal.

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