Adi Dravida in India



Population

9,993,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Adi Dravida of India are a low status caste. The word 'Adi' means 'beginning'. Their literacy level is said to be less than fifty percent so the gospel message should be given in oral form also. There are some professional workers among them such as doctors and engineers. They are mainly Hindus.

The Adi Dravida of Tamil Nadu speak, read and write in Tamil and they eat pork and beef and for a cereal they like rice. They marry within their own group. The men do agriculture. The women look after the family income details and they help with agriculture. The Adi Dravida also do rickshaw pulling among other work. They have an Association that judges in disputes. Hinduism is their main religion.

In Karnataka they speak, read and write in Kannada. Agricultural work is now the main work for a lot of the Adi Dravida. In the towns they are mainly in the shoe industry. They have festivals.

In Andhra Pradesh the Adi Dravida speak, read and write in Tamil. They can speak Telugu also. They have two groups, the Tamil Mala who are thought to be better as they are landowners and the Savu Mala who are gravediggers. They believe in monogamy and marriages tend to be adult ones now rather than child marriages. Divorce is allowed as is marrying again for the bereaved. The dead are buried except when the first child dies and when there is an abnormal death, then cremation takes place.

In Maharashtra the Adi Dravida live mainly in slums. They speak Tamil mainly and also Hindi and Marathi. Divorce and widows marrying again are not allowed. Property on the death of the father is given to the sons with the oldest son being in charge of the home. There are Hindus and Christians among them who are allowed to marry each other.

In Pondicherry they speak, read and write in Tamil. There are Christians among them also.


Prayer Points

* Pray that gospel materials will lead the Adi Dravida to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Salvation too.

References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Adi Dravida
People Name in Country Adi Dravida
Population in India 9,993,000
World Population 11,409,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Adi Dravidar, Chakkiliyan, Harijan, Harijans, Madiga, Mala, Parayan, Pariyar, Samban
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Adi Dravida
Ethnic Code CNN23c
People ID 16164
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  31  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (8,354,000) Karnataka (1,179,000) Andhra Pradesh (268,000) Pondicherry (130,000)
Maharashtra (38,000) Delhi (6,000) Kerala (5,200) Gujarat (2,700)
Odisha (2,100) West Bengal (1,600) Madhya Pradesh (1,500) Jharkhand (1,100)
Telangana (1,000) Uttar Pradesh (1,000) Chhattisgarh (1,000) Andaman and Nicobar (600)
Assam (400) Rajasthan (400) Haryana (300) Uttarakhand (300)
Total States on file:  31  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (8,354,000) Karnataka (1,179,000)
Andhra Pradesh (268,000) Pondicherry (130,000)
Maharashtra (38,000) Delhi (6,000)
Kerala (5,200) Gujarat (2,700)
Odisha (2,100) West Bengal (1,600)
Madhya Pradesh (1,500) Jharkhand (1,100)
Telangana (1,000) Uttar Pradesh (1,000)
Chhattisgarh (1,000) Andaman and Nicobar (600)
Assam (400) Rajasthan (400)
Haryana (300) Uttarakhand (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil (8,978,000) Telugu (478,000) Kannada (364,000) Tulu (51,000)
Malayalam (8,900) Konkani, Goan (3,400) English (1,000) Oriya (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 8,978,000 Telugu 478,000
Kannada 364,000 Tulu 51,000
Malayalam 8,900 Konkani, Goan 3,400
English 1,000 Oriya 400
For Primary Language: Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1714-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1715-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1727-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Old Version Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Tamil Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
6.45 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
93.55 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: G. Sounder  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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