Introduction / History
Most of the Chandala live in India's eastern state of Orissa. They speak Oriya, Orissa's language. The majority of them live in rural areas. Traditionally they were farmers or weavers. In recent years, landlessness has been a problem for them. Many of their children have to work, which has resulted in a high rate of illiteracy, especially among the girls.
What Are Their Lives Like?
Most of the Chandala people get married as adults. Though most of them have arranged marriages, sometimes the man and woman will decide to marry without their family's help, and sometimes they elope. They do not have a bride price for their weddings. Sons get an equal share of the family inheritance, with the exception of the oldest son, who gets an extra share.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The Chandala people are entirely Hindu, and they live in a part of India where less than three percent are Christian of any tradition.
* Pray that there will be a move of the Holy Spirit that will sweep thousands of Chandala people into God's Kingdom.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey|