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Julaha in India


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Julaha in India

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Introduction / History
The Julaha of India live in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Haryana, Jammu, Kashmir and Delhi. Julaha comes from the Persian word "julah", meaning a ball of thread. They weave cloth. They are a Scheduled Caste. This gains them some government work and other government benefits such as parliamentary seats.

The Julaha speak the languages of the states they live in. For example they speak Kangri and Chambali in Himachal Pradesh. In Haryana they speak Haryanvi. In Delhi they speak Hindi, Rajasthani or Haryanvi. They read and write in Devanagari. In Chandigarh though they speak Punjabi and read and write in Gurumukhi. They belong to the Shudra caste which is the fourth lowest of the Hindu castes. The higher castes do not accept food and water from them and the Julaha do not have food from people they look at as lower than themselves.

Though many of the Julaha now look for other work, some weave at the present time making rougher cloth for bedspreads and rugs on the floor. They have cooperatives to help them sell cloth at local markets. Some work as skilled or unskilled laborers and some have businesses such as shops. In Himachal Pradesh they build roads and do forestry work. Some work on farms. Many of them are not landowners. They do other kinds of work too. The Julaha children work also. Some work on looms. Others work in roadside restaurants and factories for example, when their families are poor.

The Julaha have a low level of literacy (so they probably need the gospel message to be in oral form too). They do family planning and they use local and modern medicines. They have electricity and water. They have been given land for cultivating in Himachal Pradesh.

The Julaha are endogamous (they only marry in their own community). They are exogamous at clan level, choosing partners from a clan other than their own. Adult marriages are taking the place of child marriages but not completely as yet. Families arrange the marriages. Monogamy is the most favored way. A dowry is paid by the parents of the bride to the family of the bridegroom. Divorce is disliked and does not happen very often but is allowed in certain cases for example for adultery, cruelty and being non compatible. Divorcees and the bereaved can marry again. Some live in smaller families with children and parents while others live in larger families with other relatives. Inheritance is given only to sons. The women do housework and do weaving and raising cattle. They are involved in religious and social activities. The Julaha are good at performing comedy. (Maybe Christians with a good sense of humor could give the gospel to them). The Julaha have Panchayats, which are community councils at village and regional level and they judge local issues.

What are their beliefs?
The Julaha are Hindus or Sikhs. The Hindus worship Hindu gods and goddesses and celebrate Hindu festivals. They have fasts on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays each week. Brahmin priests do the rituals but in Himachal Pradesh they have a local priest called a Purohit. The deceased are cremated and the Ganges at Haridwar in Uttar Pradesh is the favorite place for this. They worship ancestors. They believe in witchcraft and look to sorcerers to cure diseases.

The Sikh Julaha in Chandigarh, Haryana and Delhi follow their ten gurus and their religious book called the Guru Granth Sahib. They believe in the creator of the universe (an opportunity to explain about Jesus Christ) and they believe in equality. The priest is called a Giani. They have Sikh festivals.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:894,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (325,000)Himachal Pradesh (164,000)
Jharkhand (163,000)Delhi (94,000)
Punjab (66,000)Haryana (49,000)
Rajasthan (11,000)Uttarakhand (6,000)
Bihar (3,900)Chandigarh (3,400)
Total States on file:22
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Julaha
People Name General: Julaha
Alternate People Names:
Djanate JulahaGanda
Jogi JulahaKabir
ROP3 Code: 112366
Joshua Project People ID: 17030
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 894,000
Population all Countries: 894,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Hindi
People Name General: Julaha
Ethnic Code: CNN25n
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (535,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Punjabi, Eastern (190,000)Kangri (49,000)
Mandeali (35,000)Bilaspuri (26,000)
Haryanvi (6,300)Kanauji (5,100)
Magahi (4,800)Pahari, Mahasu (3,800)
Awadhi (3,200)Bagri (2,800)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 29
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.05 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism93.61 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small6.34 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1818-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (
Film / VideoA Pilgrimage (
Film / VideoAasha - Hope (
Film / VideoCoconuts (
Film / VideoCreation to Christ (
Film / VideoFathers Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoHaqeeqat Episode 6 (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoTen Virgins (
Film / VideoThe Final Prodigal (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video: View in Hindi
Film / VideoThe Price of Life (
Film / VideoYeshu Satsang (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi Holy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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