Sillekyatha in India

The Sillekyatha have only been reported in India
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Sillekyatha people are impoverished nomads.


Where Are they Located?

The Sillekyatha people live almost exclusively in Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are famous for their all-night puppet show, tattoos and quilts. Fishing is an important way for them to obtain food.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sillekyatha people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Sillekyatha people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

This Hindu people group needs the chance to respond to the claims of Jesus Christ who has victory and power over death. Like the rest of humanity, they need their sins forgiven by a Holy God.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Sillekyatha people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Sillekyatha people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Sillekyatha disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Sillekyatha communities.


Scripture Prayers for the Sillekyatha in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sillekyatha
People Name in Country Sillekyatha
Alternate Names Bunde Besta; Chhetri; Gombe; Gombe Ramaru; Killekyata; Killiket; Killikyat; Marathi; Ramaru; सिल्लेकयता
Population this Country 43,000
Population all Countries 43,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18105
ROP3 Code 113608
ROP25 Code 307520
ROP25 Name Sillekyatha
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 3
Largest States
Karnataka
42,000
Tamil Nadu
400
Goa
300
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Karnataka 42,000
  Tamil Nadu 400
  Goa 300
Website South Asia Peoples
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Kannada (33,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Marathi
3,100
Konkani, Goan
200
Primary Language Kannada (33,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 3,100
  Konkani, Goan 200
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1827-2023)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1827-2024)
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Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada Jesus Film Project
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Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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