Described in the 1871 census as religious beggars, priests of inferior temples, and sellers of flowers used for offerings, the Satani are reported to have been excommunicated by the higher castes owing to their supposedly inferior status. Some still pursue their traditional vocation of serving as temple priests or as servants attached to temples as well as that of sacred specialists. They belong to the Vaishnava sect of Hinduism and follow the teachings of Ramanuja. Sacred specialists from their own community perform all the religious rites. The Satani worship Vishnu, Lakshmi and regional deities.
A Hindu coming to accept and follow Christ is likely to experience much disfavor and even hostility. Loss of friendships and status in the community is likely, and very difficult to deal with.
Perhaps the youth of this people group will discover good Christian resources on the internet, on the radio, and on television. Pray they will be drawn to these resources, will listen, view, and read, and will be given understanding.
Pray for the Followers of Christ
There are no known followers of Jesus Christ yet among the Satani people group, although there may be believers who have not made themselves known to outsiders. Please pray for any secret believers, and for others who will one day come to saving faith.
Pray for the Entire People Group
Please pray this people group will be given no satisfaction from a religion that does not honor the God who created them and who offers them eternal life through faith in his son, Jesus Christ. Pray they will be given a longing to know this God.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|