Devanga in India

Joshua Project has identified the Devanga only in India
Population
530,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Devanga live in southern India and are weavers by tradition. They trace their origins to the sage Devala Maharishi. They mostly live in Karnataka, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Most of them weave silk and cotton clothing. They follow Veerashaivism and Lingayit practices.

The Devanga used to be the same community as the Padmashali but later became two separate people groups when the Devanga began Shivite practices.

In northern Karnataka, the Devanga have two groups who are the Kulachaar Devanga and the Shivachar Devanga. They both worship the goddess Banashankari. In the Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh, most weavers are Devanga people. There are several clans in the state of Mysore. The Devanga of Telangana in Andhra Pradesh have sixty-four exogamous divisions (exogamous means that marriage is with a partner from outside that division).


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Devanga have a good reputation for being fine craftsmen in weaving many different types of clothing. They weave superfine cotton clothes which are of good quality. Men usually do the loom weaving and the women yarn and spin the thread. Children help too. They are good business people as they are good at selling the clothes. Some Devanga do other work such as being in the grocery trade.

The Devanga speak Kannada, Telugu and Tamil Malayam. They are Hindus by religion.

Most of the Devanga do not eat vegetables. Those that do are looked at as Brahmins.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/devanga


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Devanga
People Name in Country Devanga
Population in India 530,000
World Population 530,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names Cheda, Chetty, Devang, Devanga Brahman, Devanga Sale, Devangulu, Devara, Devra, Dewang, Dewanga, Jadaru, Jadra, Jandra, Jendar, Manurkula Devanga Daivika Brahman, Saliyar, Sedan, Sedar, Seniar
People ID 20663
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 11
Karnataka (440,000) Tamil Nadu (45,000) Maharashtra (34,000) Kerala (6,500)
Telangana (2,000) Goa (1,400) Andhra Pradesh (1,100) Gujarat (900)
Madhya Pradesh (500) Delhi (80) Pondicherry (30)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 11
Karnataka (440,000) Tamil Nadu (45,000)
Maharashtra (34,000) Kerala (6,500)
Telangana (2,000) Goa (1,400)
Andhra Pradesh (1,100) Gujarat (900)
Madhya Pradesh (500) Delhi (80)
Pondicherry (30)

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Primary Language: Kannada (463,000 speakers)
Language Code: kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 8
Secondary Languages:
Konkani (15,000) Tulu (12,000) Konkani, Goan (8,200) Telugu (6,900)
Marathi (6,200) Tamil (5,700) Malayalam (2,500)
Primary Language: Kannada (463,000 speakers)
Language Code: kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 8
Secondary Languages:
Konkani (15,000) Tulu (12,000)
Konkani, Goan (8,200) Telugu (6,900)
Marathi (6,200) Tamil (5,700)
Malayalam (2,500)
For Primary Language: Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1831-2000)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
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 Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
79.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
20.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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