Aruva in India

The Aruva have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Aruva are a caste of landowning farmers and the urban elite. They worked as administrators and tax collectors for various Hindu dynasties and the British colonial government.

The Aruva speak Odia as their primary language. They also speak Hindi so they can communicate with other north Indians. College educated Aruva speak English. Many Christian resources are available in Odia including a whole Bible and the JESUS Film.


Where Are they Located?

The Aruva people live in Odisha, a state in eastern India near the Bay of Bengal. They have lived in Odisha for hundreds of years.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The life of the Aruva depends upon whether they live in the cities or rural areas. Urban Aruva hold high positions in Indian society as professionals and as businesspersons. Rural Aruva live on their lands in houses with modern amenities. Wealthy Aruva have lower castes work their land. They encourage their children to pursue college education.

The Aruva marry both within and outside their group. Some Aruva marry their cousins. Sons inherit property. Families arrange marriages.

Unlike most Hindus who cremate their dead, the Aruva bury theirs. The dead body is placed in a sack and then lowered into the ground. The Aruva are involved with both local and national politics. A caste council promotes their interests.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Aruva people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They pay special devotion to Vishnu, the preserver god. The Aruva worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They have their own Brahmins perform their Hindu rituals and family ceremonies. Other Brahmins do not accept the Aruva priests as being their equal.

The main yearly holidays of the Hindu Aruva people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Wealthier Hindu groups like the Aruva need to be humbled. They take great pride in being Hindus and view a person becoming a Christian as an affront to their family and culture. The Aruva need to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and make them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Aruva in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Aruva family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Aruva people.
* Pray that soon the Aruva people will have faith that is more precious and durable than gold.


References

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Castes_and_Tribes_of_Southern_India/Aruva
https://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=41806


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Aruva
People Name in Country Aruva
World Population 23,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names अरूवा
People ID 16243
ROP3 Code 111365
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Odisha 23,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Odia (23,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Telugu
800
Primary Language Odia (23,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Telugu 800
People Groups Speaking Odia

Primary Language:  Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1811-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1815-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Odia
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 Odia
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ODIA - Oriya
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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