Rajbhar in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Rajbhar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 87,000
World Population: 102,400
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Rajbhar people are among the original peoples in South Asia. They have low status in Hindu society. Most of the Rajbhar people live scattered throughout India's northern and eastern states, but a smaller number live either in Bangladesh or Nepal. One report says they also have a large community in India's state of Uttar Pradesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Agriculture is their main work. Many of them work for other people. The more fortunate ones among them are shop owners. They are not vegetarians, but rice is their staple food. The only meat they will not eat is beef because of their Hindu beliefs. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property. They do not condemn sexual immorality. Marriages are usually monogamous, unless the first wife approves him taking a second wife. When a spouse dies, the widowed is allowed to remarry. They have a community council to look after their needs and to settle their disputes.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all are Hindu. Traditionally they were especially devoted to the Hindu god Shiva. Today they worship many Hindu gods and participate in festivals like Holi and Diwali. They fear evil spirits so much that some will sacrifice a pig to protect themselves from harm.

What Are Their Needs?

The Rajbhar people need to have the chance to live life to the full through a relationship with Jesus Christ (John 10:10).

Prayer Points

Pray that the community leaders come to Jesus Christ and help to start a movement to Christ among this entire people group. Pray for a spiritual breakthrough that will lead hundreds to Jesus Christ. Pray for workers to take the precious gospel to the Rajbhar communities in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Text Source:   Keith Carey