Varli in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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Introduction / History

Varli of India are a scheduled tribe. Varli people are also called Warli, which means, "a field or piece of land."


Where Are they Located?

Varli people live mostly in the Nashik region, the Thane region, and the Dhule region in the state of Maharashtra. Some also live in the state of Gujarat, and in Indian Union territories in the west of India.

Varli speak in an unwritten language that is from the southern zone of the Indo Aryan tribal languages. They also speak Hindi, Tamil, and Urdu, which have Bible resources completed.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They people primarily work in agriculture.

They enthusiastically celebrate festivals of lights, adding to their culture. They have contributed muchto tribal art through Varli paintings influenced by nature. Common scenes show farming, hunting, fishing, festivals, animals and other forms of nature. They only use white for their paintings. Wall paintings are only exihibited during harvests and weddings.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Varli people celebrate many festivals worshiping folk gods. Some are observed at home, and others in the community. They have many social ceremonies and rituals regarding nature. They worship to please, and to be blessed by their gods whom they fear.


What Are Their Needs?

These creative people need to ask the questions, "Who ceated what we see and worship?" and "What was the origin of our creativity?"

Someone needs to reach out to Varli people with Bible resources in Hindi, Tamil, and Urdu languages which they understand.


Prayer Points

* Pray the day will come when they celebrate Jesus Christ with enthusiasm and worship presently given to false gods.
* Pray that spiritual barriers will be broken, and that they will turn their hearts to Jesus.
* Pray that God's people will make long-lasting, intentional contact with Varli people that will result in many disciples reaching their own people.


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Varli
People Name in Country Varli
Population in India 1,115,000
World Population 1,119,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 22
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Warli, वरली
People ID 18299
ROP3 Code 113844
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Group Varli
Ethnic Code CNN25j
Total Subgroups on file 4
Largest Subgroups
Murde
21,000
Nehri
21,000
Davar
4,800
Sudra
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Marathi-Konkani
People Group Varli
Ethnic Code CNN25j
Total Subgroups 4
  Murde 21,000
  Nehri 21,000
  Davar 4,800
  Sudra 0
Country India
Region South Asia
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 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
777,000
Gujarat
331,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,300
Tamil Nadu
1,600
Daman and Diu
1,400
Rajasthan
600
Delhi
500
West Bengal
300
Telangana
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Jharkhand
200
Karnataka
100
Goa
100
Uttar Pradesh
100
Odisha
70
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  Maharashtra 777,000
  Gujarat 331,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,300
  Tamil Nadu 1,600
  Daman and Diu 1,400
  Rajasthan 600
  Delhi 500
  West Bengal 300
  Telangana 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Jharkhand 200
  Karnataka 100
  Goa 100
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Odisha 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Varli (762,000 speakers)
Language Code vav   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
358,000
Gujarati
44,000
Konkani
22,000
Dhanki
21,000
Bhili
5,700
Sindhi Bhil
2,100
Hindi
1,800
Kannada
1,300
Saurashtra
900
Telugu
600
Khandesi
100
Urdu
100
Odia
50
Nimadi
40
Tamil
30
Other People Groups Speaking Varli
Primary Language Varli (762,000 speakers)
Language Code vav   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 358,000
  Gujarati 44,000
  Konkani 22,000
  Dhanki 21,000
  Bhili 5,700
  Sindhi Bhil 2,100
  Hindi 1,800
  Kannada 1,300
  Saurashtra 900
  Telugu 600
  Khandesi 100
  Urdu 100
  Odia 50
  Nimadi 40
  Tamil 30
People Groups Speaking Varli

Primary Language:  Varli

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2009)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2011)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.93 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.07 %
Islam
0.04 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.87 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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