Chamar Raigar in India

The Chamar Raigar 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 Raigar or Reger are a subgroup of the large Chamar peoples. The Chamars have very little status since they deal with leather in a land where the cow is sacred. They make belts, shoes and handbags from leather. Their name comes from the Sanskrit word for “leather worker.” Like other Chamars, the Raigar are seen as being outside or beneath the four main castes of Hinduism. They are a Scheduled Caste meaning that they are eligible for public jobs and special consideration for university admissions. Unfortunately, illiteracy is high among the Raigar especially in their women.
The primary language of the Raigar is Hindi. They also speak other regional languages. Many Christian resources are available in Hindi including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.


Where Are they Located?

Though other Chamar communities live throughout India, the Raigar subgroup lives in Rajasthan, a state in northwestern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Like other Dalit groups, the Raigar Chamar live impoverished lives. They often have to live outside of villages due to the smell of the leather and the chemicals used to treat it. Even though they are Hindus, they are often not allowed to visit and worship at Hindu temples. They must build their own shrines for serving their gods.

The Raigar marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Sons inherit the property of their father. Most boys go to school for a few years while the girls stay at home to help their mothers.

Raigar are not vegetarians. With few exceptions, they don’t eat beef due to their Hindu faith. Their main foods are rice, millet, maize, wheat, and vegetables. Meat is often reserved for special days.

Many Chamar groups have banded together with other Dalits to form their own political party. Some Chamar have been elected to offices that were traditionally reserved for upper castes. The Chamar are rich in oral tradition and has a large repertoire of folk songs, sung to the accompaniment of drums.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Raigar Chamar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. Shiva, the destroyer god, and Ganesh, the god of good fortune, are given special attention by them. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods whom they believe will give them favor and protection. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians.


What Are Their Needs?

As a Dalit group, the Raigar Chamar have tremendous needs. They need to see Christianity lived out before them in practical ways. If the Raigar are to make any progress, they need to learn to read and write. Most Raigar need access to modern medicine. They need to learn new job skills. Most of all, they need to hear and respond to the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can give them hope of a better life and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Chamar Raigar in India.

* Pray for the Raigar Chamar people to have hearts that are open to the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ.
* Pray for their families to prosper financially and spiritually as they experience a relationship with Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Raigar Chamars that will spread joy, peace, and salvation to other peoples in India.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/chamar/
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/tag/raigar/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Chamar Raigar
People Name in Country Chamar Raigar
World Population 63,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bagri; Bola; Chamar; Chambhar; Chamehar; Jatia; Laksharia Raigar; Laskaria; Laskaria Raigar; Raegar; Raigar; Ramdasia; Ramgar; Regar; Rehgar; Rehgarh; Riagar; Sindhi Jatia; चामर रायगर
People ID 21317
ROP3 Code 118151
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 4
Largest States
Rajasthan
29,000
Delhi
21,000
Haryana
8,000
Punjab
5,800
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 4
  Rajasthan 29,000
  Delhi 21,000
  Haryana 8,000
  Punjab 5,800
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Hindi (42,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
6,900
Marwari
5,300
Dhundari
3,900
Marwari
1,600
Haryanvi
1,300
Mewari
900
Shekhawati
600
Haroti: Harauti
400
Bagri
300
Malvi
200
Braj Bhasha
50
Wagdi
40
Primary Language Hindi (42,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 6,900
  Marwari 5,300
  Dhundari 3,900
  Marwari 1,600
  Haryanvi 1,300
  Mewari 900
  Shekhawati 600
  Haroti: Harauti 400
  Bagri 300
  Malvi 200
  Braj Bhasha 50
  Wagdi 40
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
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
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 Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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