Their name comes from a word meaning "pole." Most work as mendicants, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, god of Tirupathi. Others work increasingly in agriculture and as wage laborers. They speak Kannada and write in the Kannada script.
The Chenna Dasar live primarily in Karnataka. Many also live in Maharashtra. In Karnataka they primarily live in Dharwad and Belgaum.
They are not vegetarians, but do avoid eating beef and pork. They also drink alcoholic beverages on special occasions.
Marriages are arranged and take place between two separate clans. The couple marry at adulthood in a ceremony that is celebrated at the home of the man. The subsequent marriage feast is celebrated at the home of the bride's family. A cash bride price is paid for the girl.
They are Hindus who worship Hanuman and Yellamma as their main deities. They also worship their ancestors. Their religious practitioners are Jogis.
Global Encyclopaedia of the West Indian Dalit's Ethnography, K. C. Das, editor. 2008. pgs 73,74.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Chenna Dasar|
|People Name in Country||Chenna Dasar|
|Population in India||48,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Bukkavallu, Butta, Chakrawadya Dasar, Channa Dasar, Dadulu, Dandiga Dasar, Dasari Bakka, Dasarlu, Dasri, Hari Dasar, Holaya Dasar, Jambu Dasar, Krishna Balija, Krishnabalija, Krishnapaksi, Krusna Balija, Kumkum, Kumkum Varthakulu, Kumkumavallu, Mannan, Mettelavallu, Poosala, Pusala, Pusalavallu, Sadulu, चेन्ना दासर|
|Persecution Rank||17 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file:||7|
|Primary Language:||Kannada (40,000 speakers) People group listing|
|Language Code:||kan Ethnologue Listing|
|Written:||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1812-1988)|
|New Testament||Yes (1823-1995)|
|Complete Bible||Yes (1831-2000)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
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