Khatik (Hindu traditions) in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Khatik word is derived from the Sanskrit language word Khat. Khatik means "butcher". In ancient times the main profession of Khatik Caste was to slaughter and prepare sheep and goats. Later there occupation was tanning the skin and selling the hairs of sheep in the market and export the same to western countries for using the same as wig. And also to sell the meat of goat as a butcher. Nowadays people of Khatik Caste are selling vegetables and do the business as scrap dealers. Most of the people are street vendor collecting waste paper, scrap and plastic on the bicycle. There are some doctors, engineers,teachers and advocate, management and administrative staff.


Where Are they Located?

In India, there are located mainly in Village - Dujana District-Jhajjar (Haryana State) near Capital of India-New Delhi. In New Delhi, Haryana (Rohtak, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Bhiwani, Karnal, Ambala) Chandigarh, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Mumbai (Maharashtra), Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Found throughout India, the Khatik community began as hunters and butchers, though some claim warrior caste origin. Because they once handled carcasses, they are among the lowest in the Hindu social system. Some castes will not eat or drink with them. Today, most are in animal husbandry, agriculture, service industries, and government agencies. Clan leaders and law vary, but are always controlling factors in maintaining social cohesion and discipline. Their marriages are endogamous. Most speak Hindi, but many speak regional languages, often with Hindi as a second language. Because they value education, about half of their populace is literate. Literacy rates are higher among men than among women.

They lives in small houses, usually on the outskirts of the villages or towns. Early Khatiks were hard working and honest people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are supersitious devotees of Goddess Durga, Parvati, Ganesh, Hanuman, Shiv Shankar, Sai, Kabir.

Their cultural and religious history suggests they are open to change. Professional ties can cross religious, clan, and caste barriers. Although the majority are Hindus, some are Sikhs or Muslims. Some converted away from Hinduism to avoid caste discrimination. Whether Hindus, Sikhs or Muslims, their practices are often tinged with Animism. Those who decide to follow Christ can be disciplined, ostracized or excommunicated. Few are Christian of any form. For most there are no evangelistic media available.


What Are Their Needs?

Their needs are land, houses, education, and daily food.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Khatik (Hindu traditions) in India.

Pray for ministries that meet felt needs, for increased literacy, especially for women.
Pray for Bible distribution and showing the JESUS Film in their communities.
Pray for churches to adopt the Khatiks.
Pray for a caste-wide breakthrough for the Gospel.


Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-02
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-09-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-02-10
People Name General Khatik (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Khatik (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation kah-teek
Population this Country 2,627,000
Population all Countries 2,632,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 53
Alternate Names Aray; Are Marati; Are War; Arewaru; Chikvi; Chikwa; Kasab; Kasai; Kasar; Katagaru; Katik; Katika; Katike; Katikulu; Katuga; Katuka; Khasabulu; Khasi; Khatika; Kulal; Kunjara; Land Khasabalu; Sasai; Surya Vamsamvar; Suryachelad; खटीक (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17301
ROP3 Code 112679
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 22
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
1,083,000
Rajasthan
445,000
Telangana
308,000
Delhi
231,000
Madhya Pradesh
188,000
Maharashtra
127,000
Haryana
67,000
Bihar
50,000
Gujarat
38,000
Karnataka
22,000
Punjab
17,000
Andhra Pradesh
17,000
West Bengal
11,000
Uttarakhand
9,800
Chhattisgarh
6,400
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 22  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 1,083,000
  Rajasthan 445,000
  Telangana 308,000
  Delhi 231,000
  Madhya Pradesh 188,000
  Maharashtra 127,000
  Haryana 67,000
  Bihar 50,000
  Gujarat 38,000
  Karnataka 22,000
  Punjab 17,000
  Andhra Pradesh 17,000
  West Bengal 11,000
  Uttarakhand 9,800
  Chhattisgarh 6,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (1,370,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 40
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Telugu
235,000
Marathi
136,000
Bhojpuri
117,000
Marwari
58,000
Dhundari
49,000
Mewari
44,000
Awadhi
34,000
Gujarati
29,000
Punjabi, Eastern
29,000
Shekhawati
29,000
Bundeli
26,000
Kannada
19,000
Kanauji
18,000
Braj Bhasha
11,000
Bengali
8,400
Primary Language Hindi (1,370,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 40
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Telugu 235,000
  Marathi 136,000
  Bhojpuri 117,000
  Marwari 58,000
  Dhundari 49,000
  Mewari 44,000
  Awadhi 34,000
  Gujarati 29,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 29,000
  Shekhawati 29,000
  Bundeli 26,000
  Kannada 19,000
  Kanauji 18,000
  Braj Bhasha 11,000
  Bengali 8,400
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
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 Audio Scripture
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
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.12 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.78 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.09 %
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 Virender Buswala / Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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