Dewar in India


Joshua Project has identified the Dewar only in India

Population

313,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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 313,000
World Population 313,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Deon, Devhar, Dhihara, Dhyhar, Kaibartta, Keuta
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Oriya
People Name General Dewar
Ethnic Code CNN25l
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
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 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
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Oriya
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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