Devadiga in India

The Devadiga have only been reported in India
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Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Kalavant Musalmani Unknown

Introduction / History

The Devadiga are a Hindu people who live in southwest India. Their names come from words that mean, "servant of a god." Like their name suggests, the traditional occupation of the Devadiga was assisting Brahmins in temples as helpers and musicians. The Devadiga clean and maintain the temples. The Devadiga are also known for a special type of folk dance they perform. The Devadiga are a Scheduled Caste, meaning that they are eligible for special consideration for public jobs and university admission.

Today most Devadiga are involved in agriculture. They grow rice, wheat, lentils, vegetables, sugarcane and coconuts on their own and sometimes others' land.

The primary languages of the Devadiga are Tulu, Goan Konkani and Kannada. The Devadiga have demanded for many years that Tulu be given a national language status and for the state of Tulu Nadu be formed.


Where Are they Located?

The large majority of the Devadiga live in the south Indian state of Karnataka. A smaller group lives in Maharashtra.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Devadiga follow a matrilineal system of inheritance where inheritance is from uncle to nephew through their mothers according to Wikipedia. The males are the custodians are the property but the women own the land.

The Devadiga marry within their caste but not with their own clan or gotra. Families arrange marriages. Brahmins officiate at their important life ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals.

The Devadiga are not vegetarians but as Hindus they do not eat beef. Their main foods are rice, wheat, dairy products and vegetables.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Devadiga practice Hinduism influenced by folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Their five main deities are Shiva, the destroyer, Vishnu, the preserver, Surya, the sun god, Durga, the mother goddess, and Ganesh, the god of good fortune and wisdom. The Devadiga believe that spirits inhabit everyday objects and these spirits must be appeased.

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. The Devadiga visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods.

The main yearly holidays of the Devadiga people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the celebration of autumn.


What Are Their Needs?

The Devadiga need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. They must see that their gods and rituals will not forgive their sins. The Devadiga would benefit by seeing Christians living out their faith before them.


Prayer Points

* Pray for a movement to Jesus would multiply among Devadiga families and communities.
* Pray that God sends Christian workers to befriend and serve Devadiga families.
* Ask the Lord to raise up and send out a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses from among the Devadiga people.


References

indpaedia.com/ind/index.php/Devadiga
tulu-research.blogspot.com/2018/01/399-devadigas-and-sapaligas.html


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Devadiga
People Name in Country Devadiga
Population in India 151,000
World Population 151,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Ambalavasi, Devadasi, Devadigar, Devali, Devdig, Devidig, Ganikula, Kavalnath, Konkan Valegar, Moili, Sani, Sappaliga, Serigaru, Servagara, Servegar, Sheregar, Sherigaru, Sherugar, Supliga, Suppalig, देवडिगा
People ID 16693
ROP3 Code 111921
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Karnataka
138,000
Maharashtra
6,500
Goa
5,200
Telangana
400
Tamil Nadu
400
Kerala
200
Delhi
70
Andhra Pradesh
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Karnataka 138,000
  Maharashtra 6,500
  Goa 5,200
  Telangana 400
  Tamil Nadu 400
  Kerala 200
  Delhi 70
  Andhra Pradesh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tulu (67,000 speakers)
Language Code tcy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Konkani, Goan
34,000
Kannada
33,000
Konkani
15,000
Marathi
1,400
Tamil
50
Other People Groups Speaking Tulu
Primary Language Tulu (67,000 speakers)
Language Code tcy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Konkani, Goan 34,000
  Kannada 33,000
  Konkani 15,000
  Marathi 1,400
  Tamil 50
People Groups Speaking Tulu

Primary Language:  Tulu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1842-1912)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1847-2000)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tulu
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.58 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.13 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.29 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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