Julaha in India

The Julaha 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.

Subgroups: 4

Subgroup Name Population
Chamar 2,900
Dhanuk 1,100
Kir 300
Kabirpanthi Unknown

Introduction / History

Julaha (aka. "Julah") means, "a ball of thread" because they have traditionally been weavers who were noted for weaving intricate designs and bold colors.


Where Are they Located?

Julaha people of India live in the Hindi speaking states of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Haryana, Jammu, and Delhi. Others live in Kashmir, where they speak Kashmiri.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Julaha people belong to the Shudra caste which is the lowest of the four Hindu caste blocks. India's reservation system gives them the opportunity for government work and other benefits such as parliamentary seats.
Julaha people weave cloth, though mechanization is starting to replace them. Some still weave rough cloth for bedspreads and rugs. Other are looking for other kinds of work. They have cooperatives to help them sell cloth at local markets. Some work as skilled or unskilled laborers and some have businesses such as shops. In Himachal Pradesh they build roads and do forestry work. Some work on farms. Many of them are not landowners. They do other kinds of work too. Julaha children also work. Some work on looms. Others work in roadside restaurants and factories for example, when their families are poor. They have been given land for cultivating in Himachal Pradesh.

Most Julaha people have a low level of literacy. They do family planning, and they use local and modern medicines. They have electricity and water.

Julaha people only marry within their own community. Parents choose partners at the clan level. Parents of the bride pay a dowry to the groom's family, either in cash or with goods. Family arranged adult marriages are gradually taking the place of child marriages. Divorce is unusual, but is allowed in certain cases for example for adultery, cruelty and being non compatible. Divorcees and the bereaved are allowed to re-marry.

Some live in smaller families with children and parents while others live in larger families with other relatives. Only the sons are given an inheritance. Julaha women do housework, weaving, and raising cattle. Women are involved in religious and social activities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Julaha are Hindus, Sikhs, and animists. They worship their ancestors. They believe in witchcraft and look to sorcerers to cure diseases.


The Hindus worship Hindu gods and goddesses and celebrate Hindu festivals. They have fasts on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays each week. Brahmin priests do rituals for them, but in Himachal Pradesh Julahas have a local priest called a Purohit. They cremate their dead like other Hindu communities.
Sikh Julaha in Chandigarh, Haryana and Delhi follow their ten gurus and their religious book called the Guru Granth Sahib. They believe in the creator of the universe (an opportunity to explain about Jesus) and they believe in equality. The priest is called Giani.


What Are Their Needs?

Scripture resources are available in the Hindi language spoken by Julaha people. They are blind and deceived by the gods they serve, and do not see their need for the Savior. Their worship of many gods perhaps fills an emotional need, but will never fill their spiritual need.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Julaha in India.

* Pray that key Julaha people will become interested in the Lord Jesus via film, recordings and radio.
* Pray that God will raise up Indian churches to boldly and lovingly evangelize this unreached people group.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among them.


References

www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/julaha/


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-01-16
People Name General Julaha
People Name in Country Julaha
Pronunciation joo-LAH-hah
World Population 822,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
Alternate Names Bhagat; Bunia; Bunkar; Devanga; Djanate Julaha; Ganda; Jogi Julaha; Kabir; Kabirpanthi; Kachi; Keer; Kir; Koer; Koli; Kori; Manikpuri; Panka; Paoli; Patua; Togata; Toyata; जुलाहा
People ID 17030
ROP3 Code 112366
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
329,000
Jharkhand
160,000
Himachal Pradesh
142,000
Delhi
65,000
Punjab
55,000
Haryana
50,000
Bihar
3,800
Chandigarh
3,400
Uttarakhand
2,800
Rajasthan
1,400
Maharashtra
400
Chhattisgarh
300
Jammu and Kashmir
300
Madhya Pradesh
90
West Bengal
70
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 17
  Uttar Pradesh 329,000
  Jharkhand 160,000
  Himachal Pradesh 142,000
  Delhi 65,000
  Punjab 55,000
  Haryana 50,000
  Bihar 3,800
  Chandigarh 3,400
  Uttarakhand 2,800
  Rajasthan 1,400
  Maharashtra 400
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Jammu and Kashmir 300
  Madhya Pradesh 90
  West Bengal 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (596,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjabi, Eastern
133,000
Kangri
32,000
Mandeali
17,000
Bilaspuri
14,000
Pahari, Mahasu
9,500
Magahi
7,400
Kanauji
5,000
Haryanvi
5,000
Awadhi
3,200
Bhattiyali
2,500
Mewari
1,300
Garhwali
1,000
Kinnauri
600
Bhojpuri
400
Bagri
300
Primary Language Hindi (596,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Punjabi, Eastern 133,000
  Kangri 32,000
  Mandeali 17,000
  Bilaspuri 14,000
  Pahari, Mahasu 9,500
  Magahi 7,400
  Kanauji 5,000
  Haryanvi 5,000
  Awadhi 3,200
  Bhattiyali 2,500
  Mewari 1,300
  Garhwali 1,000
  Kinnauri 600
  Bhojpuri 400
  Bagri 300
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  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
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 Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.14 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.86 %
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 Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more