Dewar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dewar only in India
Population
330,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

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.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Dewar
People Name in Country Dewar
Population in India 330,000
World Population 330,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7 to 9
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Deon, Devhar, Dhibara, Dhihara, Dhubar, Dhyhar, Kaibarta, Kaibartta, Keuta, Kevta, ड्यूवर
People ID 16695
ROP3 Code 111923
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
Odisha
(314,000)
Chhattisgarh
(12,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(2,700)
Maharashtra
(300)
Delhi
(200)
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
  Odisha (314,000)
  Chhattisgarh (12,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (2,700)
  Maharashtra (300)
  Delhi (200)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (287,000 speakers)
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
People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Language Odia (287,000 speakers)
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)
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   (1815-2004)
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 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 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 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 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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