Rathia (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

The Rathia believe that their origins are from Rathor, a Rajput clan. They speak Gadiali, a language which belongs to the Pahari group of the Indo-Aryan languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They make their living through agriculture and by rearing sheep. Women are also good weavers. The Rathi are non-vegetarian, and their staple cereals are maize, wheat and rice. Men commonly drink alcoholic beverages.
Marriages, births, fairs and festivals are special occasions when they perform their own forms of music, dance and song. Marriages are decided through negotiation and exchange. They allow a man to have more than one wife if the first wife does not bear a child. The Rathi usually live in extended families. Inter-community marriages are not encouraged by them. They cremate their dead and immerse the ashes in the Ganges River at Hardwar. However, children who die below the age of five are buried.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rathi worship various deities and some gods and goddesses of the wider Hindu pantheon. They share wells and other sources of crematoria and visit the same religious shrines and participate in fairs and festivals with other communities of their area.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rathi people need to realize that they cannot please God without being empowered by the Holy Spirit. They cannot have the Holy Spirit without Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for Rathi men to be freed from alcohol addiction.
Pray for God to send several Christian workers to work among them until they have their own disciple making movement.
Pray that they tire of their spiritual lives and find Jesus Christ, the one who provides life to the full.


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


References

India Missions Association, Edited by Philipose Vaidya, Copyrighted © Used with permission
globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Rathia-People/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rath_tribe


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-03-26
People Name General Rathia (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Rathia (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation RAH-tee-ah
Population this Country 815,000
Population all Countries 821,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
Alternate Names Rath; Rathi; Rathia; Rathodia; Rato; रतिया (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17982
ROP3 Code 113472
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 6
Largest States
Himachal Pradesh
358,000
Rajasthan
352,000
Madhya Pradesh
99,000
Andaman and Nicobar
200
Maharashtra
100
Punjab
40
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 6
  Himachal Pradesh 358,000
  Rajasthan 352,000
  Madhya Pradesh 99,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 200
  Maharashtra 100
  Punjab 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
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.
Primary Language Hindi (194,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
97,000
Kangri
93,000
Punjabi, Eastern
56,000
Bhattiyali
51,000
Bagri
50,000
Churahi
48,000
Mandeali
32,000
Chambeali
25,000
Malvi
10,000
Gaddi
7,000
Sindhi
6,900
Bilaspuri
5,400
Pahari, Mahasu
3,300
Pahari, Kullu
3,000
Nimadi
2,400
Primary Language Hindi (194,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 97,000
  Kangri 93,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 56,000
  Bhattiyali 51,000
  Bagri 50,000
  Churahi 48,000
  Mandeali 32,000
  Chambeali 25,000
  Malvi 10,000
  Gaddi 7,000
  Sindhi 6,900
  Bilaspuri 5,400
  Pahari, Mahasu 3,300
  Pahari, Kullu 3,000
  Nimadi 2,400
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  (1835-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
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Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Photo Source Stevie Mann - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more