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Rathawa in Pakistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,200 Sindhi Hinduism 2.69 % Unknown   

Rathawa in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
This low status people get their name from the word rathbistar, which means an inhabitant of a forest or hilly region.

What are their lives like?
Where the Hindu Rathawa build their homes are determined by some unusual practices. They won't build homes near a tamarind tree since they think these are haunted by spirits. Instead, they build their settlements near a grove of palm trees. They usually build their houses with no windows, and on elevated ground to prevent flooding.
Rathawas generally act friendly with outsiders. They honor their guests by serving them food in their kitchen. Believers could use this as a great time to tell stories of Jesus!

What are their beliefs?
The Rathawa people in Pakistan practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism acts as a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not possess a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. Other Hindus, like the Brahmins, practice a more philosophical form Hinduism.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Rathawa in Pakistan need workers to go to them to share the gospel in their language and within their culture.

Prayer Points
Pray for Rathawa believers to be filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit so they can live victorious lives.
Pray for workers to go to the Rathawa people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.
Pray for the translation of the Bible and other resources into their language and distributed in Pakistan.
Pray for Sindhi speaking Rathawa in Pakistan to have the Sindhi Bible and other resources made available to them.
Pray for the establishment of a viable, indigenous and reproducing Rathawa church in both Pakistan and India.


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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:9,200
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (8,900)
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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: 9,200
Population all Countries: 782,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Rathawa
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sindhi (6,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dhatki (2,000)Kacchi (500)
Koli, Wadiyari (30)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.69 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism97.31 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1825-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1954
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterBible: Sindhi
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Sindhi
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Rathawa in Pakistan

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Rathawa Pakistan    
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