Rawal (Hindu traditions) in India

The Rawal (Hindu traditions) 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.

Introduction / History

The Rawal people live mainly in Rajasthan, but some live in Maharashtra or Gujarat. They have a low literacy rate. Most use Hindi or Gujarati as their languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many work as day laborers but many others own land. Agriculture is the livelihood of most of them. Others work in industry, business and in trading. One of their women is an airline pilot who helped bring Indian nationals home from Italy during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. The husband's family must pay the bride's family a bride price. They allow for divorce and widows can marry again. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son becoming the family head. Unlike most South Asian communities, the Rawal people bury their dead.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rawal people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

This people group needs to put all their trust in Jesus Christ, the one who came to provide abundant life to all who call on His name.


Prayer Points

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

Pray that Indian believers will lead the Rawal to a disciple making movement in the 2020s. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to putting their faith in Jesus Christ alone. Pray for intercessors and workers.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Rawal (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rawal (Hindu traditions)
Population this Country 201,000
Population all Countries 201,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Bhandari; Raval; Ravalia; Rawa; Rawalia; Rubala; Rubela; Tapodhan Brahman; Tapodhan Brahmin; Yogi; रावल (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17953
ROP3 Code 113442
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 7
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
158,000
Rajasthan
34,000
Gujarat
2,800
Madhya Pradesh
2,400
Delhi
1,500
Daman and Diu
100
Maharashtra
100
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 7
  Uttar Pradesh 158,000
  Rajasthan 34,000
  Gujarat 2,800
  Madhya Pradesh 2,400
  Delhi 1,500
  Daman and Diu 100
  Maharashtra 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (154,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Mewari
4,600
Marwari
3,600
Gujarati
2,700
Haroti: Harauti
2,600
Bagri
1,300
Wagdi
600
Malvi
500
Dhundari
300
Punjabi, Eastern
50
Primary Language Hindi (154,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Mewari 4,600
  Marwari 3,600
  Gujarati 2,700
  Haroti: Harauti 2,600
  Bagri 1,300
  Wagdi 600
  Malvi 500
  Dhundari 300
  Punjabi, Eastern 50
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 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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.98 %
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 (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more