Text source: Karen Hightower
Introduction / History
Thori people are said to be descended from the Suryavanshi Rajputs. Thori people in Gujarat migrated from the Mewar District of Rajasthan. They speak in Hindi, Mewari, and Gujarati, and read and write in Devanagari. They are considered a scheduled caste, meaning that they have low status.
Where are they located?
Many Thori people live in the Rajgarh region of Madya Pradesh. Some also live in Haryana.
What are their lives like?
They are not vegetarians. Their main food is "jowar" bread. The poor among them eat maize.
Thori people marry within their group. The eldest son becomes head of the home when the father dies. Sons get equal portions of the family property. They have birth and marriage ceremonies. They cremate their dead and have a death pollution period of 12 days. They have councils that judge in community matters.
They are not landowners, and most of them work in agriculture. Some manage their own businesses. Thori women weave baskets to earn money for the family. Women sell wooden items, furniture, cricket bats and cricket wickets and baskets.
What are their beliefs?
They are Hindus who worship Pabuji as their main god.
What are their needs?
Adequate visual, audio, and video Christian resources are available in the Hindi language which Thori people speak, but they are still an unreached people group.
Their most important need is to understand that their good works and worship of Hindu gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and that the Almighty God has made provision for them to have their sins forgiven and to live abundant lives.
* Pray that Thori people will soon have a spiritual hunger that will turn many in their community to Jesus Christ.
* Pray urgently for the Holy Spirit to equip, empower, protect, and guide laborers to bear fruit that will last: rapidly multiplying disciples and household churches that lead to a Church Planting Movement (CPM).
* Ask the Holy Spirit to raise up harvesters from within the CPM that will be set out to other UPGs until there is no place left where Christ is not preached, known, loved, and worshiped by the Thori people.
ReferencesView Thori (Hindu traditions) in all countries.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999