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Raji in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.94 % Unknown   

Raji in India

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Introduction / History
Raji people are also called "Banrawats," "Ben-Manus" and "cave dwellers." They are a scheduled tribe.

Where are they located?
The Raji tribe lives in the Pithoragarh region of Uttar Pradesh in India.

What are their lives like?
Raji people enjoy eating wild fruits and tree roots. The Raji women wear large and heavy jewelry that is admired. Not many Raji dress in the customary tribal way. They are very artistic, and make handbags to sell in the markets of India.

Most Raji people live in the interior forest regions. They work as gatherers, collecting honey from bee hives, fishing, hunting, and in agriculture, growing their cereal crops, hunting, and fishing. They also make and sell farming tools.

Women have a respected position among Raji people.

They do not marry within their group, and there are no child marriages. The oldest man is the leader of the family. They speak within their tribe in the Raji language, although Hindi and Urdu are also spoken in Uttar Pradesh. This is important, because written, audio, and visual Bible resources exist in these languages.

Raji are the smallest tribe in Uttar Pradesh.

What are their beliefs?
They worship Hindus gods, and they worship nature. They worship to please, and to be blessed by their gods. Raji people celebrate Hindu festivals, and their own rituals. There are many forms of Hinduism with their own deities and beliefs.

What are their needs?
The most desperate need of Raji people is to know their Creator, whose creation they worship, and who paid the penalty for their sins.

Although Bible resources have been produced in Hindi and Urdu, Raji people remain unreached. Someone needs to bring these resources to them. Who will it be?

Uttar Pradesh also is restricted by an anti-conversion law which persecutes any who leave the Hindu religion.

Prayer Points
* Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of families and communities within the Raji peple through the abundant life and love Jesus offers to all tribes and nations.
* Pray for deliverance from the fear that hinders God's blessing from multiplying through the Raji tribe.
* Pray that God's people will make long-lasting, intentional contact with Raji people that will result in many disciples reaching their own people.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (1,300)Uttarakhand (700)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Raji
People Name General: Raji
Alternate People Names:
Ban ManushBan Raja
Ban RajiBan Rawat
ROP3 Code: 108272
Joshua Project People ID: 14514
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,000
Population all Countries: 6,500
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Raji
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Rawat (600)Kumaoni (500)
Urdu (100)Garhwali (70)
Kannada (Unknown)Bengali (Unknown)
Sikkimese (Unknown)
Total Languages: 8
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.05 % 
Christianity0.94 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism88.91 % 
Islam9.75 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.30 % 
Unknown0.05 % 
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: 1835-2012
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
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 RecordingsOral Bible stories in Hindi
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / VideoCoconuts
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
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 / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralYeshu Samaj
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
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 MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Hindi)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Raji in India

Global                 Global
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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Raji India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Raji in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Hindi  
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