Rabari (Hindu traditions) 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
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

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

* 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.


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 1,065,000
Population all Countries 1,074,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 21
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
646,000
Gujarat
386,000
Haryana
18,000
Maharashtra
9,700
Madhya Pradesh
1,800
Tamil Nadu
1,100
Punjab
900
Daman and Diu
700
Delhi
300
West Bengal
200
Dadra and Nagar Have
200
Chhattisgarh
200
Karnataka
200
Telangana
100
Jharkhand
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 20
  Rajasthan 646,000
  Gujarat 386,000
  Haryana 18,000
  Maharashtra 9,700
  Madhya Pradesh 1,800
  Tamil Nadu 1,100
  Punjab 900
  Daman and Diu 700
  Delhi 300
  West Bengal 200
  Dadra and Nagar Have 200
  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 14
Secondary Languages
Marwari
314,000
Hindi
303,000
Mewari
32,000
Kacchi
12,000
Dhundari
10,000
Shekhawati
9,500
Haroti
4,000
Bagri
2,700
Wagdi
1,000
Koli, Kachi
1,000
Haryanvi
900
Saurashtra
600
Konkani
200
Primary Language Gujarati (372,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Marwari 314,000
  Hindi 303,000
  Mewari 32,000
  Kacchi 12,000
  Dhundari 10,000
  Shekhawati 9,500
  Haroti 4,000
  Bagri 2,700
  Wagdi 1,000
  Koli, Kachi 1,000
  Haryanvi 900
  Saurashtra 600
  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  (1823-2016)
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
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 Gujarati
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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


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