Dombari or Kolhati people of Maharashtra
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South Asian peoples make up the greatest concentration of lostness on earth. Some of those people are still unreached and unengaged (UUPG – unengaged unreached people groups). The Ends of the Earth describes peoples who have no known church planting work among them.
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Embrace. South Asia is home to over 1,700 people groups. Of this number, over 900 are still unengaged unreached people groups (UUPGs). Amazingly, 200 of these represent over 95% of the total UUPG population. We’ve selected the highest priority people groups for your church to consider. Choose one as an integral part of your Great Commission participation. Learn more about what it means to embrace a people group.
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The overall top 10 people groups are shown below the map.
|Area||PEID||Country||People Group||Population||Primary Religion|
|1||Pakistan & Kashmir||6372||Pakistan||Kolai||435,022||Islam|
|2||Northwest India||47953||India||Gujjar (Marwari)||2,577,752||Hinduism|
|3||North India & West Nepal||47955||India||Gadaria Awadhi||4,382,214||Hinduism|
|4||East Nepal, Bhutan & East India||41258||India||Kalwar||3,232,405||Hinduism|
|5||Bangladesh & Northeast India||48006||India||Bania (Assamese)||1,347,292||Hinduism|
|6||Central India||47903||India||Mali (Marathi)||2,934,357||Hinduism|
|7||East India||48197||India||Bangladeshi Muslims||3,720,029||Islam|
|8||South-Central India||47967||India||Kalal (Kannada)||740,615||Hinduism|
|9||South India, Maldives & Sri Lanka||41247||India||Mappila||8,603,290||Islam|
|10||Diaspora||11915||Saudi Arabia||Bengali||1,576,767||Islam – Sunni|
Sayyid or alternate name SAYYAD
the word ‘seelavanthula’ denotes pure being. The Sayyads are in different pursuits like agriculture, business, service and in a wide variety of white-collar professions such as medicine,
engineering, law and teaching. Health is another aspect which has received their attention. Health care clinics are provided even in remote areas.
The Sayyads occupy the foremost position among the four major classes of Muslims, viz., Sayyad, Sheikh, Mughal and Pathan. Though all are equal, yet in practice there has been a hierarchical grading among them.
Sirvi (India) – Pop. 443,506
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SIRVI A settled community of Madhya Pradesh, they are concentrated in the Khargone, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore and Dewas districts. Etymologically, the word sirvi means share-cropper, and the Sirvi were traditional share-croppers, locally called hir. They also perceive their distribution in Rajasthan. Marwari is spoken at home. The Sirvi are also conversant with Hindi and use the Devanagari script. The men wear cotton thread around their waist, called bell or dhaga, having eleven knots. They believe that this dhaga symbolizes their community deity Jagadhamba of Rajasthan. The traditional and present-day occupation of the Sirvi is agriculture. A few among them are engaged in white-collar jobs. Their children work as catle-herders.
41554 Koli Malhar 267,008 Marathi – (mar) Other Religions – Ethno-Religion
The Malhar Koli are also referred to as the Panbhare Koli (derived from the traditional occupation of supplying water to villagers and strangers) and as the Chumbli Koli (derived from the chumba, a twisted cloth kept on the head while carrying water pots. They are also known as the Kunam Koli possibly because they eat and are associated with the Kunbi.
The name Malhar is probably derived from either the Dravidian mala meaning a hill or from the worship of the God Malhar. Mackintosh (1844) calls them one of the purest and most respectable of all the Kolls. They accept the superiority of the Mahadeo Kolis.
They are notified as a Scheduled Tribe only in the Thana district. In the district they are found in all the 12 tahsils and are concentrate in the rural areas. The census figure as reported in 1961 is 89,047. Marathi is claimed to be their ancestral language which is spoken at home and outside. Many of them know Hindi and Gujarati.
(2001 population : 233,617)
PEID Entity Name Population Primary Language Primary Religion
47903 Mali (Marathi) 2,838,438 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
46179 Shaikh (Marathi) 2,429,206 Marathi – (mar) Islam
47928 Lingayat (Marathi) 2,177,276 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism – Shivaism
48358 Lodha (Hindi) 1,924,321 Hindi – (hin) Hinduism
48034 Bania (Marathi) 1,922,346 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
47963 Jains (Marathi) 1,505,230 Marathi – (mar) Other Religions – Jainism
47947 Gujjar (Hindi) 1,341,015 Hindi – (hin) Hinduism
47979 Banjara (Marathi) 1,029,348 Lambadi – (lmn) Hinduism
47956 Gadaria (Hindi) 915,444 Hindi – (hin) Hinduism
47959 Jain (Hindi) 870,129 Hindi – (hin) Other Religions – Jainism
42066 Ager 792,179 Kannada – (kan) Other Religions – Ethno-Religion
46283 Nai, Magala (Marathi) 769,575 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
47920 Dhoba (Marathi) 622,010 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
47892 Lohar (Marathi) 569,315 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
41467 Chaturtha 506,327 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
47978 Banjara (Bundelkhandi) 492,230 Lambadi – (lmn) Hinduism
41490 Sirvi 446,801 Marwari (India) – (rwr) Hinduism
41489 Rangrez 446,634 Urdu – (urd) Hinduism
48168 Pinjara, Behna (Hindi) 389,726 Hindi – (hin) Islam
47988 Sindhi (Hindi) 349,258 Sindhi – (snd) Hinduism
47954 Halba (Marathi) 344,467 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
47930 Darji (Hindi) 317,536 Hindi – (hin) Hinduism
41551 Kathodi 269,114 Marathi – (mar) Other Religions – Ethno-Religion
41554 Koli Malhar 267,008 Marathi – (mar) Other Religions – Ethno-Religion
48226 Dhakad (Halbi) 243,839 Halbi – (hlb) Hinduism
41576 Deshwali 228,601 Urdu – (urd) Hinduism
47998 Bania, Agarwal (Marathi) 223,436 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
47997 Bania, Agarwal (Hindi) 190,878 Hindi – (hin) Hinduism
47968 Kalal (Marathi) 187,454 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
41425 Machhi 181,175 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
41596 Khangar (Hindi) 177,425 Hindi – (hin) Hinduism – Other/Marginal
48021 Bhat (Mewari) 126,322 Mewari – (mtr) Hinduism
46204 Shaikh (Konkani) 115,947 Konkani (individual language) – (knn) Islam
41708 Prabhu Kayastha 113,849 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
47627 Shaikh (Nimadi) 111,293 Nimadi – (noe) Islam
41723 Holar 106,137 Marathi – (mar) Other Religions – Ethno-Religion
Below are the Micro UUPGs population under 100,000
41733 Gachha 98,827 Hindi – (hin) Hinduism
41794 Payak 70,927 Malvi – (mup) Hinduism
41805 Kapewar 67,899 Telugu – (tel) Hinduism
41810 Kharol 66,686 Malvi – (mup) Hinduism
41824 Kanai 63,720 Urdu – (urd) Hinduism
41811 Garpagari 62,198 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
41853 Manbhav 53,968 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
41858 Gopal 53,648 Gujarati – (guj) Hinduism
41872 Naita 49,497 Malvi – (mup) Islam
41879 Bhampta 48,211 Telugu – (tel) Hinduism
41902 Pindara 44,608 Urdu – (urd) Islam
41912 Prabhu Patane 43,224 Gujarati – (guj) Hinduism
41927 Garudi 41,371 Urdu – (urd) Hinduism
41930 Sikligar 40,995 Hindi – (hin) Other Religions – Ethno-Religion
41944 Patharwat 38,687 Telugu – (tel) Hinduism
41947 Ajna 38,046 Hindi – (hin) Hinduism
41977 Berar 33,396 Telugu – (tel) Hinduism
41996 Kolhati 31,211 Marathi – (mar) Hinduism
42085 Rajbhar 20,863 Bhojpuri – (bho) Hinduism
42089 Raute 20,859 Chhattisgarhi – (hne) Hinduism
48009 Bania (Bundelkhandhi) 20,682 Bundeli – (bns) Hinduism
42131 Mawasi 16,397 Hindi – (hin) other Religions – Ethno-Religion
48288 Kachera (Urdu) 6,241 Urdu – (urd) Islam
48263 Gond, Muslim 3,879 Urdu – (urd) Islam
Other Unreached Peoples of the Central Cluster – UPGs
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