Dhobi (Hindu traditions) in India


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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Dhobi people were the ones who washed laundry in the Hindu world, be it India or Nepal. Many of them own businesses or work in government jobs. One of their subgroups are the Ajudhyabansi.


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?

Most of the Dhobis follow popular Hinduism and worship local gods as well as the washing stones. The vast majority 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 Ajudhyabansi 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 Ajudhyabansi Dhobi people in India. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give the Ajudhyabansi 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 Ajudhyabansi Dhobi people in both India and Nepal.


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


References

https://kathmandupost.com/valley/2019/09/11/times-are-changing-for-the-dhobis-of-kathmandu


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-05-14
People Name General Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Dhobi (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation DOH-bee
Population this Country 12,478,000
Population all Countries 12,780,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 250
Alternate Names Agasa; Agasaru; Agheria; Bana; Batham; Bhai; Chakala; Chakali; Chakka; Chandbar; Charhoya; Chasa; Chasa Dhoba; Chauhan-Bhatti; Chawla; Chhimba; Darhi; Dharhiadu; Dharhiannan; Dharhiannari; Dhob; Dhoba; Dhobi; Dhopa; Dhopi; Dhupi; Hawari; Jada; Khurdanai; Madivala; Madiwal; Madiyal; Madiyali; Madvali; Madwai; Modiyal; Monson; Nurang; Oddelu; Oddollu; Oriya Chakali; Oriyavallu; Pak; Parit; Prasad Dhobi; Qasab; Raipal; Rajak; Rajaka; Rajakha; Rajpar; Rajput Dhobi; Rajukula; Ram Dhobi; Ramdu; Ranghi; Rathor; Sabhasundar; Sakala; SakalaDarhi; Sakalavadu; Sat-Chasi; Shaheri; Sharma; Sheheri Hindu; Shuklabaidya; Shukladas; Sukladas; Suklavaidya; Tanwar; Tasha; Togata; Tsakala; Vadde Chakali; Vannan; Vannari; Varetha; Varitha; Vattakkadan; Warathi; Watts; धोबी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16709
ROP3 Code 111944
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 on file 34
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
2,555,000
Uttar Pradesh
2,456,000
Telangana
911,000
Tamil Nadu
803,000
Bihar
752,000
Maharashtra
691,000
Madhya Pradesh
679,000
Odisha
655,000
Karnataka
636,000
West Bengal
409,000
Chhattisgarh
394,000
Jharkhand
254,000
Rajasthan
192,000
Delhi
179,000
Haryana
71,000
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 34  (only 20 largest shown)
  Andhra Pradesh 2,555,000
  Uttar Pradesh 2,456,000
  Telangana 911,000
  Tamil Nadu 803,000
  Bihar 752,000
  Maharashtra 691,000
  Madhya Pradesh 679,000
  Odisha 655,000
  Karnataka 636,000
  West Bengal 409,000
  Chhattisgarh 394,000
  Jharkhand 254,000
  Rajasthan 192,000
  Delhi 179,000
  Haryana 71,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (3,733,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 71
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
3,488,000
Tamil
838,000
Odia
657,000
Kannada
594,000
Marathi
512,000
Bhojpuri
471,000
Bengali
428,000
Chhattisgarhi
259,000
Awadhi
225,000
Kanauji
138,000
Maithili
88,000
Gujarati
63,000
Bundeli
58,000
Magahi
45,000
Konkani
43,000
Primary Language Hindi (3,733,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 71
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 3,488,000
  Tamil 838,000
  Odia 657,000
  Kannada 594,000
  Marathi 512,000
  Bhojpuri 471,000
  Bengali 428,000
  Chhattisgarhi 259,000
  Awadhi 225,000
  Kanauji 138,000
  Maithili 88,000
  Gujarati 63,000
  Bundeli 58,000
  Magahi 45,000
  Konkani 43,000
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2019)
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.17 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.78 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Juda M - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more