Introduction / History
Viramushti people are a low caste of beggars. Their name refers to the ability of their ancestors in boxing.
Where Are they Located?
This Hindu community lives in the central states of India.
What Are Their Lives Like?
Viramushti people believe their original occupation to be begging and selling balls of holy ashes. They extort alms by beating their bodies, cutting them with a sword and pricking them with needles. Some work in agriculture as farm laborers. Their women are skillful tattoo artists and make mats of leaves.
What Are Their Beliefs?
A man is allowed to marry his elder sister's daughter. He may also marry the daughter of his maternal uncle or paternal aunt, but not the daughter of his maternal aunt. Two sisters may be married to the same man at the same time, or successively. Polygamy is permitted to any extent; but is limited to four wives at a time. Women may inherit if no men are available.
The social rank of Viramushti people is very low. None except the lowest unclean classes will take food from them, which indicates their low status. It is said that they accept cooked food only from Brahmans. They eat fish, poultry, pigs, and sheep, and fermented drink.
They bury their dead. No mourning occurs, but on the tenth day after death they hold a feast to commemorate the deceased.
Viramushti people follow the Hindu religion, incorporating animistic beliefs into their daily lives.
What Are Their Needs?
These people are very poor, and ignorant of the most important information for their eternal life. They do not know of another way of life and will live in terrible bondage until someone tells them of the Savior who has provided a choice for them to live in peace eternally.
Bible resources exist in their Telugu language however they remain an unreached people group.
* Scripture Prayers for the Veerabhadreeya (Viramushti) in India.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Viramushti people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Viramushti families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Viramushti families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Viramushti family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.