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Rathawa in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
695,000 Rathawi Hinduism 0.32 % Unknown Not available   

Rathawa in India

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Introduction / History
The Rathawa are a scheduled tribe residing in the hilly regions of the states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

What are their lives like?
They are very dependent on forests for their living. Forest areas provide them land for agriculture, wild animals for food, firewood for fuel, and teak wood for building houses.

Rathawa stay in villages that are usually clusters of 40-50 houses, very near to their agricultural fields, but surrounded by a strong fence. Tamarind trees are considered to be haunted by spirits driven out of those possessed, and therefore no houses are constructed near one! There are also other distinguishing features in the construction of their houses . They always build their houses on elevated ground to prevent flooding. Around most of them there will also be a grove of palm trees. Their houses usually have no windows!

Rathawa are generally friendly with outsiders. Their way of honouring guests is by serving them food in their kitchen.

What are their beliefs?
Rathawa consider themselves Hindus. A handful of Rathawa have responded to the gospel message and are following Christ, but God's Word is not available in the Rathawi language for them to read, understand and grow in their relationship with Jesus. No other Gospel resources, such as recordings, radio programmes or tracts are available in this language. God's Word in Rathawi will make a big impact on the community. God's Word is not available in the Rathawi language for them to read, understand and grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Prayer Points
* Rathawa to be open to the gospel message and accept Jesus as their personal Saviour.
* More Christian workers to go among them to preach the Gospel.
* The Gospel materials to be developed and widely used.
* Rathawa to be relieved from the fear of the unknown and know the Loving God

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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:695,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (685,000)Madhya Pradesh (3,100)
Tamil Nadu (1,700)Daman and Diu (1,300)
Maharashtra (900)Rajasthan (700)
Delhi (500)Dadra and Nagar Haveli (400)
West Bengal (400)Chhattisgarh (300)
Total States on file:18
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Rathawa
People Name General: Rathawa
Alternate People Names:
Rathawa KoliRathvi
ROP3 Code: 113435
Joshua Project People ID: 17947
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 695,000
Population all Countries: 700,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Gujarati
People Name General: Rathawa
Ethnic Code: CNN25e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Rathawi (468,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rtw    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Gujarati (223,000)Hindi (1,600)
Saurashtra (1,200)Marathi (500)
Konkani (200)Nimadi (200)
Kannada (40)Kacchi (40)
Kukna (30)Bhili (30)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 17
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.32 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.22 % 
Islam0.03 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.27 % 
Unknown0.15 % 
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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Rathawi
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Rathawa in India

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