Dewar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dewar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The 306,000 Dewar people live mainly in the eastern Indian states of Orissa and Chhattisgarh. They once were nomadic, but most of them are now settled.

What Are Their Lives Like?

What do they do for a living? Some say that they raise pigs, and their livestock make up the bulk of their possessions. Others say they beg or entertain by singing and doing tricks with monkeys. Still others say they are a fishing community that sell fish and fish products in the markets. Others say that their women do tattoos. Whatever they do, it is not lucrative, and they would prefer to have more educational opportunities for their children. They can't afford better education because of their poverty.

Most of their marital practices are like other scheduled castes. However, they have one custom that might be interesting to watch: the groom must forcefully open the bride's hand to put the wedding ring in it. One wonders what would happen if she has exceptionally strong hands.

What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus worship the goddess Andhimata and her 21 sisters. In the days when they moved about as nomads they would move the images of their deities in a basket over their heads. They believe that Andhimata would be annoyed if they stopped procreating, so they have large families which they can't afford to support.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Dewar people will tire of worshipping lifeless goddesses and give their full devotion to the One who is the Father of life.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up workers to help them develop their economic lives so that He will be glorified.

People Name General Dewar
People Name in Country Dewar
Population in India 323,000
World Population 323,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Deon, Devhar, Dhibara, Dhihara, Dhubar, Dhyhar, Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Keuta, Kevta
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Dewar
Ethnic Code CNN25l
People ID 16695
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:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (308,000) Chhattisgarh (12,000) Madhya Pradesh (2,600) Maharashtra (200)
Delhi (200)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Odisha (308,000) Chhattisgarh (12,000)
Madhya Pradesh (2,600) Maharashtra (200)
Delhi (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Oriya (287,000) Chhattisgarhi (16,000) Hindi (9,700) Santhali (1,300)
Kui (1,200) Mundari: Bhumij (800) Pengo (100) Kuvi (100)
Munda (60) Kurux (20) Kharia Ho
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 287,000 Chhattisgarhi 16,000
Hindi 9,700 Santhali 1,300
Kui 1,200 Mundari: Bhumij 800
Pengo 100 Kuvi 100
Munda 60 Kurux 20
Kharia 10 Ho 10
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
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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 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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