Rabari (Hindu traditions) in India


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

Subgroups: 4

Subgroup Name Population
Chalakiya 46,000
Maru 46,000
Raika 46,000
Bhopa 500

Introduction / History

The Rabari people are distributed in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajashthan and Gujarat. They are also called Raika, Rabha, Bhopa, Devagi and Utwalle. They have a caste council called Nyat that controls matters related to their community. The Rabari social organization is characterized by the clan system, locally called Ataks.

In Rajasthan the Rabari wear colourful dresses, while the Gujarati Rabari prefers white garments. They are good at the traditional art of cloth embroidery. They marry within their community. They speak Hindi, Marwari, Haryanvi and use the Devanagari script. The Rabari tend sheep, goats and camels.

Most of the Rabari are vegetarian while some are non-vegetarian; their everyday diet consists of homemade bread of millet or wheat and jowar.

Child marriage is common, however adult marriages are also performed through negotiation. Remarriage is permitted for both the widow and widower. They maintain only putative kinship with others. The Rabari live in joint families. Children are also engaged in their primary occupation. The dead are cremated.

The Rabari regard Durga and Shiva as their supreme deities. Shiva, Krishna, Durga and Amba are their clan deities. Rama, Ganesh, Shiva, Durgadevi and Hanuman are also worshipped as village deities. Every year a festival is held at Asthal Bohar for three days.

Alternate names: Rahbari, Raika, Rabari Bhopa


Prayer Points

For the salvation of the Rabari people.
For an end to child marriages and other social problems among the Rabari people.
For children to be sent for education.


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


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-02-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-09-27
People Name General Rabari (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rabari (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation rah-BAH-ree
Population this Country 1,260,000
Population all Countries 1,271,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 25
Alternate Names Bhopa; Bhope; Bhute; Chaudhari; Devagi; Mogha; Rahbari; Raika; Ranbari; Rebari; Sinai; Vishotar; राबरी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17921
ROP3 Code 113405
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Rajasthan
760,000
Gujarat
452,000
Haryana
21,000
Maharashtra
11,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,000
Tamil Nadu
1,200
Punjab
1,100
Daman and Diu
800
Delhi
300
Dadra and Nagar Have
300
West Bengal
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Karnataka
200
Telangana
100
Jharkhand
70
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 20
  Rajasthan 760,000
  Gujarat 452,000
  Haryana 21,000
  Maharashtra 11,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,000
  Tamil Nadu 1,200
  Punjab 1,100
  Daman and Diu 800
  Delhi 300
  Dadra and Nagar Have 300
  West Bengal 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Karnataka 200
  Telangana 100
  Jharkhand 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (372,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Marwari
314,000
Hindi
303,000
Mewari
32,000
Kacchi
11,000
Dhundari
10,000
Shekhawati
9,500
Haroti: Harauti
4,000
Bagri
2,700
Wagdi
1,000
Koli, Kachi
1,000
Haryanvi
900
Saurashtra
600
Koli, Wadiyari
500
Konkani
200
Primary Language Gujarati (372,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Marwari 314,000
  Hindi 303,000
  Mewari 32,000
  Kacchi 11,000
  Dhundari 10,000
  Shekhawati 9,500
  Haroti: Harauti 4,000
  Bagri 2,700
  Wagdi 1,000
  Koli, Kachi 1,000
  Haryanvi 900
  Saurashtra 600
  Koli, Wadiyari 500
  Konkani 200
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
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 India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more