Varli in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 4

Subgroup Name Population
Murde 21,000
Nehri 21,000
Davar 4,800
Sudra Unknown

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Varli in India.

* 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
World Population 1,245,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 25
Alternate Names Warli, वरली
People ID 18299
ROP3 Code 113844
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
795,000
Gujarat
327,000
Dadra and Nagar Have
112,000
Madhya Pradesh
2,200
Tamil Nadu
1,500
Daman and Diu
1,200
Rajasthan
600
Delhi
400
West Bengal
300
Telangana
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Jharkhand
200
Goa
100
Uttar Pradesh
100
Karnataka
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 17
  Maharashtra 795,000
  Gujarat 327,000
  Dadra and Nagar Have 112,000
  Madhya Pradesh 2,200
  Tamil Nadu 1,500
  Daman and Diu 1,200
  Rajasthan 600
  Delhi 400
  West Bengal 300
  Telangana 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Jharkhand 200
  Goa 100
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Karnataka 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Varli (775,000 speakers)
Language Code vav   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marathi
369,000
Gujarati
44,000
Konkani
23,000
Dhanki
21,000
Bhili
7,900
Hindi
1,700
Kannada
1,100
Saurashtra
900
Telugu
500
Khandesi
100
Urdu
90
Odia
50
Nimadi
40
Punjabi, Eastern
30
Malayalam
30
Primary Language Varli (775,000 speakers)
Language Code vav   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marathi 369,000
  Gujarati 44,000
  Konkani 23,000
  Dhanki 21,000
  Bhili 7,900
  Hindi 1,700
  Kannada 1,100
  Saurashtra 900
  Telugu 500
  Khandesi 100
  Urdu 90
  Odia 50
  Nimadi 40
  Punjabi, Eastern 30
  Malayalam 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
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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: view in Varli
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.42 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.07 %
Islam
0.14 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.34 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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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