Rodiya in Sri Lanka

Joshua Project has identified the Rodiya only in Sri Lanka
Population
8,300
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

While they constitute less than one percent of Sri Lanka's population, the Rodiya people of Sri Lanka have their own language and their own distinct Buddhist beliefs and practices. Perhaps this is due to their historic exclusion as outcastes; their name is based on a word for filth. Caste is a feature of Sri Lankan society. Although as outcastes they may seek alms, they are generally denied work and once were even denied clothing! Yet work they do, dancing, juggling plates, and making cane handicrafts. With increased urbanization, their lot in life is improving.
As they see it, they are descended from a Sri Lankan princess who was ostracized for cannibalism. They praise her in songs and poems. Her depiction, however, is very much like the Hindu goddess Kali, recipient of human sacrifices, repugnant to Buddhists. Despite these questionable origins, the Rodiyas are beginning to be assimilated into the larger Sri Lankan society.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Only a few believers have sought to minister to these people. Among them were the late Rt. Rev. Ivan Corea, the canon of the Anglican Church of Ceylon, and his wife Ouida. We do not know if that outreach continued after his death in 1968. Today few Rodiyas are followers of Jesus.


Prayer Points

Pray that God will raise up more godly people like the Coreas, and that God will open the hearts of the Rodiyas to His love so that many will come to faith in Jesus and sing His praises in song and poem.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-08
People Name General Rodiya
People Name in Country Rodiya
Population in Sri Lanka 8,300
World Population 8,300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names रोड़िया
People ID 17975
ROP3 Code 113464
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Sinhala (8,300 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: sin   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Sinhala (8,300 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: sin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Sinhala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1739-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1776-1991)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-1982)
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 General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sinhala
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 World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
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
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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