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Chamar Raigar in India

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Chamar Raigar in India

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Introduction / History
The Raigar or Reger are a subgroup of the large Chamar peoples. The Chamars have very little status since they deal with leather in a land where the cow is sacred. They make belts, shoes and handbags from leather. Their name comes from the Sanskrit word for "leather worker." Like other Chamars, the Raigar are seen as being outside or beneath the four main castes of Hinduism. They are a Scheduled Caste meaning that they are eligible for public jobs and special consideration for university admissions. Unfortunately, illiteracy is high among the Raigar especially in their women.
The primary language of the Raigar is Hindi. They also speak other regional languages. Many Christian resources are available in Hindi including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.

Where are they located?
Though other Chamar communities live throughout India, the Raigar subgroup lives in Rajasthan, a state in northwestern India.

What are their lives like?
Like other Dalit groups, the Raigar Chamar live impoverished lives. They often have to live outside of villages due to the smell of the leather and the chemicals used to treat it. Even though they are Hindus, they are often not allowed to visit and worship at Hindu temples. They must build their own shrines for serving their gods.

The Raigar marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Sons inherit the property of their father. Most boys go to school for a few years while the girls stay at home to help their mothers.

Raigar are not vegetarians. With few exceptions, they don't eat beef due to their Hindu faith. Their main foods are rice, millet, maize, wheat, and vegetables. Meat is often reserved for special days.

Many Chamar groups have banded together with other Dalits to form their own political party. Some Chamar have been elected to offices that were traditionally reserved for upper castes. The Chamar are rich in oral tradition and has a large repertoire of folk songs, sung to the accompaniment of drums.

What are their beliefs?
The Raigar Chamar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. Shiva, the destroyer god, and Ganesh, the god of good fortune, are given special attention by them. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods whom they believe will give them favor and protection. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians.

What are their needs?
As a Dalit group, the Raigar Chamar have tremendous needs. They need to see Christianity lived out before them in practical ways. If the Raigar are to make any progress, they need to learn to read and write. Most Raigar need access to modern medicine. They need to learn new job skills. Most of all, they need to hear and respond to the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can give them hope of a better life and get them right with the one, true God.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Raigar Chamar people to have hearts that are open to the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ.
Pray for their families to prosper financially and spiritually as they experience a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Raigar Chamars that will spread joy, peace, and salvation to other peoples in India.


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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:75,000
Largest States:
Rajasthan (34,000)Delhi (24,000)
Haryana (9,400)Punjab (6,800)
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People Name in Country: Chamar Raigar
People Name General: Chamar Raigar
Alternate People Names:
Laksharia RaigarLaskaria
Laskaria RaigarRaegar
ROP3 Code: 118151
Joshua Project People ID: 21317
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 75,000
Population all Countries: 75,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - Chamar (Bhambi)
People Name General: Chamar Raigar
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindi (42,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Punjabi, Eastern (6,900)Marwari (6,800)
Dhundari (3,900)Haryanvi (1,300)
Mewari (900)Shekhawati (600)
Haroti: Harauti (400)Bagri (300)
Malvi (200)Braj Bhasha (50)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 12
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.07 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.92 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
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: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
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
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
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
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
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
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Chamar Raigar in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - Chamar (Bhambi)     Asia, South    
      Chamar Raigar India    
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            Chamar Raigar in India          
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