Devanga in India

The Devanga have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Devanga people trace their origins to the sage Devala Maharishi.

Devanga used to be the same community as the Padmashali, but later they became two separate people groups when the Devanga began Shivite practices.


Where Are they Located?

Devanga people live mainly in Karnataka, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Devangas are weavers and fine craftsmen by tradition. They weave many different types of clothing. They weave ultrafine cotton clothes which are of good quality. Men usually do the loom weaving and the women yarn and spin the thread. Children also help. They are very good at selling their products. Others are involved in the grocery trade.

Most Devanga people do not eat vegetables; those who eat vegetables are considered Brahmins.

Devanga people speak Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. Bible resources exist in written, audio, and visual forms in their primary language of Kannada, yet Devanga people are considered unreached.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Their religion is Hindu. In northern Karnataka, the Devanga have two groups who are the Kulachaar Devanga and the Shivachar Devanga. They both worship the goddess Banashankari in the Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh.


What Are Their Needs?

Devanga people need open hearts to hear God's answers to their many spiritual problems.

These unusually creative people need to ask the questions, "Who created what we see?" and "What was the origin of our creativity?" Someone needs to reach out to Devanga people with the available Bible resources in the Kannada language which they understand.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Devanga people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives devoid of Christ's blessings.
* Pray that Devanga people will see past their respective traditional worship to the futility of it all, and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's Word.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Devanga, leading them to love Him with their whole being.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint Devanga families, especially the children and youth, and to raise up a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses of Christ's mercy and love.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/devanga


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Devanga
People Name in Country Devanga
Population in India 566,000
World Population 566,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 11
Alternate Names Cheda, Chetty, Devang, Devanga Brahman, Devanga Brahmin, Devanga Sale, Devangulu, Devara, Devra, Dewang, Dewanga, Jadaru, Jadra, Jandra, Jendar, Manurkula Devanga Daivika Brahman, Manurkula Devanga Daivika Brahmin, Saliyar, Sedan, Sedar, Seniar, देवंगा
People ID 20663
ROP3 Code 115663
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Group Devanga
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups on file 32
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Padma
10,000
Tikie
9,700
Santaria
9,300
Archer
9,100
Atagara
8,100
Gujar
7,700
Catholic Devanga
3,300
Sukha Sali
2,600
Lad
2,200
Shuddha
2,000
Soma Sali
2,000
Nag
1,800
Saguna
1,200
Sunta Sali
1,200
Lad Suryavanshi
1,100
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Kannada
People Group Devanga
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 32 (only 15 largest shown)
  Padma 10,000
  Tikie 9,700
  Santaria 9,300
  Archer 9,100
  Atagara 8,100
  Gujar 7,700
  Catholic Devanga 3,300
  Sukha Sali 2,600
  Lad 2,200
  Shuddha 2,000
  Soma Sali 2,000
  Nag 1,800
  Saguna 1,200
  Sunta Sali 1,200
  Lad Suryavanshi 1,100
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 11
Largest States
Karnataka
465,000
Tamil Nadu
45,000
Maharashtra
38,000
Telangana
7,400
Kerala
7,100
Goa
1,600
Andhra Pradesh
1,100
Gujarat
1,000
Madhya Pradesh
500
Delhi
90
Puducherry
30
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 11
  Karnataka 465,000
  Tamil Nadu 45,000
  Maharashtra 38,000
  Telangana 7,400
  Kerala 7,100
  Goa 1,600
  Andhra Pradesh 1,100
  Gujarat 1,000
  Madhya Pradesh 500
  Delhi 90
  Puducherry 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (501,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Konkani
14,000
Tulu
12,000
Telugu
11,000
Konkani, Goan
10,000
Marathi
6,400
Tamil
5,700
Malayalam
2,500
Other People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (501,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 14,000
  Tulu 12,000
  Telugu 11,000
  Konkani, Goan 10,000
  Marathi 6,400
  Tamil 5,700
  Malayalam 2,500
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1831-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
81.98 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
15.96 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source People Group Location from IMB. Other map data / geography from GMI. Map by 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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