Yerava in India

The Yerava have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 4

Subgroup Name Population
Badaga 1,200
Kage 1,200
Pani 1,200
Panjiri 1,200

Introduction / History

Several centuries ago, the Ravula were a thriving, agriculture and forest-based tribe, in Wayanad and Coorg districts of Kerala and Karnataka, respectively. Over a period of time, a feudal system came into place, which resulted in the Ravula literally becoming slaves of high caste Hindu families. With the development of coffee and tea plantations in the area, forest lands were cut down and plantations established – all this required cheap labour. The Ravula and other tribes were recruited to serve as cheap daily-wage labourers.

At the same time, other communities were migrating into the region and they occupied/bought the best pieces of land. Having no land of their own for cultivation, the Ravula ended up as slaves for the migrants or as plantation workers and and had to scour the forests for their survival. Soon the Ravula were being referred to as 'Adiyan', meaning slaves. Even the Government list of Scheduled Tribes lists them as 'Adiya', in the place of their original name – Ravula. In Karnataka, they are often referred to as 'Panjiri Yerawa'.

Though their living conditions have now improved slightly, most Ravula live for the moment, without any thought about the future or any security in life. As a result, most of them also end up being slaves to alcohol or smoking or chewing paan (betel leaf & nut), and more recently, they have become addicted to watching movies. All these fritter away money they could otherwise put to better use.

When the language researchers visited the Ravula and enquired about their language they said, "You are the first person to ask us about our language!" "When will you come back?" others asked. This research was seen by them to be of great value, and they were very excited. The researchers concluded that using Malayalam or Kannada – the state languages - would not provide sufficient understanding of the deeper truths of Scripture. To have the Word of God in the Ravula language is an urgent need for the small, new church taking root among them. It has the power to transform their thinking, way of life and their future.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Yerava in India.

* God to bring about a social transformation among the Ravula, especially those living in the Karnataka district.
* All Ravula children to pursue education at school, college and through other higher education opportunities.
* God to open doors for communicating the Gospel and for the Ravula to plant churches among their own people.
* The mother tongue translation team to be strengthened and well-equipped to speed the process of accurately translating the Scriptures.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Yerava
People Name in Country Yerava
World Population 32,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names एरव
People ID 18343
ROP3 Code 113895
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 4
Largest States
Karnataka
31,000
Maharashtra
500
Kerala
300
Tamil Nadu
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Karnataka 31,000
  Maharashtra 500
  Kerala 300
  Tamil Nadu 20
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Ravula (27,000 speakers)
Language Code yea   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Kannada
2,000
Telugu
800
Kodava
500
Tamil
500
Malayalam
400
Tulu
80
English Marathi Punjabi, Eastern
Hindi
Primary Language Ravula (27,000 speakers)
Language Code yea   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 2,000
  Telugu 800
  Kodava 500
  Tamil 500
  Malayalam 400
  Tulu 80
  English 10
  Marathi 10
  Punjabi, Eastern 0
  Hindi 0
People Groups Speaking Ravula

Primary Language:  Ravula

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2011–2014)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2018)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2018)
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)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Ravula
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.21 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.20 %
Islam
2.54 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.02 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.