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Julaha in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Julaha in India

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Introduction / History
Julaha (aka. "Julah") means, "a ball of thread" because they have traditionally been weavers who were noted for weaving intricate designs and bold colors.

Where are they located?
Julaha people of India live in the Hindi speaking states of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Haryana, Jammu, and Delhi. Others live in Jammu and Kashmir, where they speak Kashmiri.

What are their lives like?
Julaha people belong to the lowest of the four Hindu caste blocks. India's reservation system gives them the opportunity for government work and other benefits such as parliamentary seats.

Julaha people weave cloth, though mechanization is starting to replace them. Some still weave rough cloth for bedspreads and rugs. Other are looking for other kinds of work. 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. Julaha children also work. Some work on looms. Others work in roadside restaurants and factories for example, when their families are poor. They have been given land for cultivating in Himachal Pradesh.

Most Julaha people have a low level of literacy. They do family planning, and they use local and modern medicines. They have electricity and water.

Julaha people only marry within their own community. Parents choose partners at the clan level. Parents of the bride pay a dowry to the groom's family, either in cash or with goods. Family arranged adult marriages are gradually taking the place of child marriages. Divorce is unusual, but is allowed in certain cases for example for adultery, cruelty and being non compatible. Divorcees and the bereaved are allowed to re-marry.

Some live in smaller families with children and parents while others live in larger families with other relatives. Only the sons are given an inheritance. Julaha women do housework, weaving, and raising cattle. Women are involved in religious and social activities.

What are their beliefs?
Julaha are Hindus, Sikhs, and animists. They worship their ancestors. They believe in witchcraft and look to sorcerers to cure diseases.

The Hindus worship Hindu gods and goddesses and celebrate Hindu festivals. They have fasts on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays each week. Brahmin priests do rituals for them, but in Himachal Pradesh Julahas have a local priest called a Purohit. They cremate their dead like other Hindu communities.
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) and they believe in equality. The priest is called Giani.

What are their needs?
Scripture resources are available in the Hindi language spoken by Julaha people. They are blind and deceived by the gods they serve, and do not see their need for the Savior. Their worship of many gods perhaps fills an emotional need, but will never fill their spiritual need.

Prayer Points
Pray that key Julaha people will become interested in the Lord Jesus via film, recordings and radio.
Pray that God will raise up Indian churches to boldly and lovingly evangelize this unreached people group.
Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among them.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2020-01-16
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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:975,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (392,000)Jharkhand (190,000)
Himachal Pradesh (169,000)Delhi (78,000)
Punjab (65,000)Haryana (59,000)
Bihar (4,500)Chandigarh (4,000)
Uttarakhand (3,300)Rajasthan (1,600)
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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: 975,000
Population all Countries: 975,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Julaha
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (603,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Punjabi, Eastern (127,000)Kangri (32,000)
Mandeali (17,000)Bilaspuri (14,000)
Pahari, Mahasu (9,500)Magahi (7,400)
Kanauji (5,000)Haryanvi (5,000)
Awadhi (3,200)Bhattiyali (2,500)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 25
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.20 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.80 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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: 1835-2019
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoA Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / VideoCoconuts
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / VideoLove letter to you from scripture
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralYeshu Samaj
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Hindi
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterHindi Bible
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Hindi
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Julaha in India

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    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Julaha India    
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