Dewar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dewar only in India

Population

311,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey


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.



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Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Dewar
People Name in Country Dewar
ROP3 Code 111923
Joshua Project People ID 16695
Indigenous Yes
Population in India 311,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Deon, Devhar, Dhihara, Dhyhar, Kaibartta, Keuta,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oriya 287,130 Chhattisgarhi 16,089 Hindi 9,667 Santhali 1,300
Kui 1,230 Mundari: Bhumij 790 Pengo 120 Kuvi 110
Munda 60 Kurux 20 Kharia 10 Ho 10
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Dewar
Ethnic Code CNN25l
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Largest Religion Hinduism
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
100.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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