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Rabari (Hindu traditions) in India

Rabari (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,260,000 Gujarati Hinduism 0.01 % Unknown   

Rabari (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Rabari people are distributed in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajashthan and Gujarat. They are also called Raika, Rabha, Bhopa, Devagi and Utwalle. They have a caste council called Nyat that controls matters related to their community. The Rabari social organization is characterized by the clan system, locally called Ataks.

In Rajasthan the Rabari wear colourful dresses, while the Gujarati Rabari prefers white garments. They are good at the traditional art of cloth embroidery. They marry within their community. They speak Hindi, Marwari, Haryanvi and use the Devanagari script. The Rabari tend sheep, goats and camels.

Most of the Rabari are vegetarian while some are non-vegetarian; their everyday diet consists of homemade bread of millet or wheat and jowar.

Child marriage is common, however adult marriages are also performed through negotiation. Remarriage is permitted for both the widow and widower. They maintain only putative kinship with others. The Rabari live in joint families. Children are also engaged in their primary occupation. The dead are cremated.

The Rabari regard Durga and Shiva as their supreme deities. Shiva, Krishna, Durga and Amba are their clan deities. Rama, Ganesh, Shiva, Durgadevi and Hanuman are also worshipped as village deities. Every year a festival is held at Asthal Bohar for three days.

Alternate names: Rahbari, Raika, Rabari Bhopa

Prayer Points
For the salvation of the Rabari people.
For an end to child marriages and other social problems among the Rabari people.
For children to be sent for education.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-02-24
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-09-27
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,260,000
Largest States:
Rajasthan (760,000)Gujarat (452,000)
Haryana (21,000)Maharashtra (11,000)
Madhya Pradesh (2,000)Tamil Nadu (1,200)
Punjab (1,100)Daman and Diu (800)
Delhi (300)Dadra and Nagar Haveli (300)
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People Name in Country: Rabari (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Rabari (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
राबरी (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113405
Joshua Project People ID: 17921
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,260,000
Population all Countries: 1,271,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Rabari (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Gujarati (372,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (314,000)Hindi (303,000)
Mewari (32,000)Kacchi (11,000)
Dhundari (10,000)Shekhawati (9,500)
Haroti: Harauti (4,000)Bagri (2,700)
Wagdi (1,000)Koli, Kachi (1,000)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 15
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.98 % 
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: 1809-1965
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1823-2021
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Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
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