Dewar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dewar only in India
Population
331,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Where Are they Located?

The 306,000 Dewar people live mainly in the eastern Indian states of Orissa and Chhattisgarh. They once were nomadic, but most of them are now settled.


What Are Their Lives Like?

What do they do for a living? Some say that they raise pigs, and their livestock make up the bulk of their possessions. Others say they beg or entertain by singing and doing tricks with monkeys. Still others say they are a fishing community that sell fish and fish products in the markets. Others say that their women do tattoos. Whatever they do, it is not lucrative, and they would prefer to have more educational opportunities for their children. They can't afford better education because of their poverty.

Most of their marital practices are like other scheduled castes. However, they have one custom that might be interesting to watch: the groom must forcefully open the bride's hand to put the wedding ring in it. One wonders what would happen if she has exceptionally strong hands.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus worship the goddess Andhimata and her 21 sisters. In the days when they moved about as nomads they would move the images of their deities in a basket over their heads. They believe that Andhimata would be annoyed if they stopped procreating, so they have large families which they can't afford to support.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Dewar people will tire of worshipping lifeless goddesses and give their full devotion to the One who is the Father of life.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up workers to help them develop their economic lives so that He will be glorified.


People Name General Dewar
People Name in Country Dewar
Population in India 331,000
World Population 331,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Deon, Devhar, Dhibara, Dhihara, Dhubar, Dhyhar, Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Keuta, Kevta, ड्यूवर
People ID 16695
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: 5
Largest States
Odisha (315,000) Chhattisgarh (13,000) Madhya Pradesh (2,700)
Maharashtra (300) Delhi (200)
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: 5
Odisha (315,000) Chhattisgarh (13,000)
Madhya Pradesh (2,700) Maharashtra (300)
Delhi (200)
Primary Language: Odia (287,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ory   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 12
Secondary Languages:
Chhattisgarhi (16,000) Hindi (9,700) Santhali (1,300)
Kui (1,200) Mundari: Bhumij (800) Pengo (100)
Kuvi (100) Munda (60) Kurux (20)
Ho Kharia
Primary Language: Odia (287,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 12
Secondary Languages:
Chhattisgarhi (16,000) Hindi (9,700)
Santhali (1,300) Kui (1,200)
Mundari: Bhumij (800) Pengo (100)
Kuvi (100) Munda (60)
Kurux (20) Ho (10)
Kharia (10)
Primary Language: Odia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1809-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1815-2004)
Audio Bible 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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
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 Oriya
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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