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Dubla Talavia in India

Dubla Talavia

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347,000 Dubli Hinduism 0.04 % Unknown No   

Dubla Talavia in India

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Introduction / History
The Talavia, or Halpati are among the Dubla tribes. They live in Gujarat, a state in western India.
The name, Halpati, comes from two words. The first means "plough" and the second word means "owner." They were known as the owners of the ploughs. They had two crops each year.
Today they are classified as a scheduled tribe, which means they have low to middle status.
They speak Dubli, a Bhil language that belongs to the Indo-Aryan linguistic family. The Talavia have higher status than the other 20 Dubla subgroups.
Agricultural slavery was not abolished until 1923. Until that time, the Dubla were in bondage to the landowners. They were completely dependent on their masters to loan them whatever they needed for survival. The masters knew that it would be impossible for the Dubla to ever pay them back; and for this, the Dubla owed their masters loyalty, respect, and submission. The slave lived near his master providing them with "economic security."
Once slavery had been abolished, the number of Dubla agricultural workers who did not own land increased. The loss of slave labor was a great setback for the landlords. Since this changeover from the bondage of servitude to the freedom of day-laborers, the government has given financial support to help improve the Dubla's social position.

What are their lives like?
Talavia Dubla villages are located along small rivers near other Bhil villages. The Dubla are among the poorest in the village, and they typically live in one-room, mud-brick houses with extremely low thatch roofs. With government aid, some have been able to obtain tile roofs, and the more prosperous even have houses of wood or brick. Their huts are not built in orderly rows but are simply clustered together. The average number of occupants per hut has increased to the point that it is no longer possible to shelter all members of the household from the winter cold and monsoon rains. Some years they are forced to move into neighboring territories because the floods take away their homes.
The Talavia Dubla are worn out by their hard lifestyle and alcoholism. Some have realized that education can help them escape "backward village life." However, school attendance remains low, and literacy is still only about ten percent.

What are their beliefs?
Virtually all of the Talavia Dubla are Hindus. They look to the village bhagat (priest and medicine man) for spiritual guidance. He is thought to be the ultimate "good man," who is able to communicate with the gods. He is considered a friend, a philosopher, a guide, and a healer.

What are their needs?
The Talavia Dubla need teachers, missionaries and humanitarian aid workers to share the love of Christ with them.

Prayer Points
Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will break up the soil through worship and intercession.
Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send forth faithful laborers to live and work among the Talavia Dubla.
Ask God to give the Talavia Dubla believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.
Pray for Talavia Dubla disciplers who will make more and more disciples.


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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:347,000
Largest States:
Gujarat (337,000)Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1,900)
Daman and Diu (1,600)Delhi (1,000)
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People Name in Country: Dubla Talavia
People Name General: Dubla Talavia
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 115610
Joshua Project People ID: 19465
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 347,000
Population all Countries: 347,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Dubla Talavia
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dubli (184,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dub    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Gujarati (102,000)Vasavi (4,200)
Hindi (400)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.04 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.80 % 
Islam0.13 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.02 % 
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: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Dubli
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Dubla Talavia in India

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