Cherua in India

Joshua Project has identified the Cherua only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Cherua people speak Oriya, the language of their home state of Orissa, located in eastern India. Most of them also speak Telegu, another major language of India. Their women have their own unique clothes, ornaments, and tattoos, which identify them as Cheruas. This people group uses the surname Patra, so if you meet someone by that name, ask them if they are from the Cherua community.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Family leaders arrange most Cherua marriages. They live in nuclear families. Most of them are either farmers or they take care of livestock. They sell milk, dairy products, and vegetables. Some of these Dalits are day laborers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

One hundred percent of the Cherua people are Hindu. As part of a puberty rite for girls, they worship the Hindu god Shiva seven days after she has her first period. They have oral traditions, which are related to Hindu sacred literature.

Prayer Points

* Pray that they will put away their Hindu gods and give thanks and praise solely to the God who created them.

People Name General Cherua
People Name in Country Cherua
Population in India 2,300
World Population 2,300
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chhelia, Chhelia Gola
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Cherua
Ethnic Code CNN25l
People ID 16584
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:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (2,300)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (2,300)

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Oriya (2,300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 2,300
For Primary Language: Oriya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Oriya 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 New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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