Devadasi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Devadasi only in India
Population
20,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

Each year, girls as young as 10 from the Devadasi caste are dedicated to a temple goddess, Uligamma, in a wedding ceremony that begins a lifetime of prostitution. Devadasis believe that when the girl is wed in the temple, the spirit of Uligamma inhabits her for a lifetime. Actual possessions have been reported, but girls have been known to be set free by Jesus. When Hindu priests and other men sleep with these girls, they believe they are actually sleeping with the goddess herself. The girls are used until they are too sick or too old to be desirable. Then they are expected to fend for themselves as best they can through menial labor or begging on the streets. There are official laws against child prostitution, but traditions die hard, and girls in remote villages don't even know about laws enacted hundreds of miles away.


Ministry Obstacles

There are people who greatly profit by this practice that ruins many lives, and they will do whatever they can to keep this lucrative trade in place. It is highly secretive, since most people in India, including most Hindus, disapprove of temple prostitution.


Outreach Ideas

There are ministries that help women from the Devadasi caste learn new trades while teaching them the ways of Christ. In some cases it might be necessary for women to do what 19th century missionary Amy Carmichael did and use clever means to rescue Devadasis from the temples.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray that these women will be able to overcome the trauma, bitterness, hatred, and fear that they have had to deal with in their past life. Pray that many will live victorious lives in Christ that will draw others to Him.


Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower and embolden Mission to India and other outreaches to the Devadasis.
* Pray that more and more Devadasi women will hear the good news of Jesus and be free and healed to serve Him.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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People Name General Devadasi
People Name in Country Devadasi
Population in India 20,000
World Population 20,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Atumpatram, Bogam, Guni, Kalavanthu, Kalavathu Devadasi, Kurmapu, Sani, देवदासी
People ID 16683
ROP3 Code 111904
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Andhra Pradesh
(7,900)
Karnataka
(7,100)
Tamil Nadu
(3,300)
Kerala
(1,500)
Odisha
(500)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Andhra Pradesh (7,900)
  Karnataka (7,100)
  Tamil Nadu (3,300)
  Kerala (1,500)
  Odisha (500)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kannada (8,400 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Telugu
(7,700)
Tamil
(2,300)
Malayalam
(1,400)
Odia
(500)
People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (8,400 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Telugu (7,700)
  Tamil (2,300)
  Malayalam (1,400)
  Odia (500)
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1831-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
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 OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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