Holaya Dasar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Holaya Dasar only in India
Population
8,300
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Holaya Dasari people were once alms-seekers, so it is clear that they have low status in the Hindu world. Their name means "dry crop field" (hola) and "servant" (dasari). Today most of the Holaya Dasari people are agricultural day laborers.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Holaya Dasari people are located in India's southern state of Karnataka, and they speak the language of that state, Kannada.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Holaya Dasari people occasionally eat meat instead of grains and legumes, but even when they do, they will not eat beef. Eating beef would be unacceptable to a Hindu people.

Their marriages are arranged and negotiated by the families of the bride and groom. Adult marriage is the norm, and they do not allow someone to have more than one wife. The husband's family pays the bride's family a nominal fee as a bride price at the time of the wedding, which takes place at the groom's family home. The couple stays with or near the husband's family. Today more Holaya Dasari couples are choosing to live apart from their parents than they did in the past. Brahmin priests conduct their wedding ceremonies.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Holaya Dasari are Hindus who worship deities like Venkataramana, Vishnu, Hanumantha, and Ababai. Brahmin priests are their sacred specialists.


What Are Their Needs?

This is a community that has not had opportunity to get the education they need to compete in India's rapidly developing economy. Their girls are deprived of an education for cultural reasons. Since most of them speak one of India's major languages, especially Kannada, they have all kinds of gospel materials available to them.


Prayer Points

* Pray for believers to provide the Holaya Dasari people with opportunities to get the education they need to thrive.
* Ask the Lord to soften Holaya Dasari hearts, and give them a desire for the righteousness and truth that can only come from Jesus Christ.
* Pray for gospel materials to become readily available in all Holaya Dasari communities.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Holaya Dasar
People Name in Country Holaya Dasar
Population in India 8,300
World Population 8,300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Chenna Dasar, Gancha, Garancha, होलाया दासर
People ID 16920
ROP3 Code 112218
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 7
Largest States
Karnataka
(4,100)
Telangana
(2,100)
Gujarat
(1,400)
Tamil Nadu
(400)
Andhra Pradesh
(300)
Goa
(70)
Rajasthan
(40)
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 7
  Karnataka (4,100)
  Telangana (2,100)
  Gujarat (1,400)
  Tamil Nadu (400)
  Andhra Pradesh (300)
  Goa (70)
  Rajasthan (40)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kannada (6,600 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Gujarati
(1,200)
Telugu
(200)
Marathi
(200)
Hindi
(100)
People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (6,600 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Gujarati (1,200)
  Telugu (200)
  Marathi (200)
  Hindi (100)
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
0.19 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.81 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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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