Devanga in India

Joshua Project has identified the Devanga only in India
Population
589,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Devanga live in southern India and are weavers by tradition. They trace their origins to the sage Devala Maharishi. They mostly live in Karnataka, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. Most of them weave silk and cotton clothing. They follow Veerashaivism and Lingayit practices.

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

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, most weavers are Devanga people. There are several clans in the state of Mysore. The Devanga of Telangana in Andhra Pradesh have sixty-four exogamous divisions (exogamous means that marriage is with a partner from outside that division).


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Devanga have a good reputation for being fine craftsmen in weaving many different types of clothing. They weave superfine cotton clothes which are of good quality. Men usually do the loom weaving and the women yarn and spin the thread. Children help too. They are good business people as they are good at selling the clothes. Some Devanga do other work such as being in the grocery trade.

The Devanga speak Kannada, Telugu and Tamil Malayam. They are Hindus by religion.

Most of the Devanga do not eat vegetables. Those that do are looked at as Brahmins.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/devanga


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Devanga
People Name in Country Devanga
Population in India 589,000
World Population 589,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 12 to 15
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 11
Largest States
Karnataka
(491,000)
Tamil Nadu
(46,000)
Maharashtra
(37,000)
Kerala
(7,300)
Telangana
(3,400)
Goa
(1,600)
Andhra Pradesh
(1,200)
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 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 11
  Karnataka (491,000)
  Tamil Nadu (46,000)
  Maharashtra (37,000)
  Kerala (7,300)
  Telangana (3,400)
  Goa (1,600)
  Andhra Pradesh (1,200)
  Gujarat (1,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (500)
  Delhi (90)
  Puducherry (30)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (496,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Konkani
(14,000)
Tulu
(12,000)
Konkani, Goan
(10,000)
Telugu
(8,000)
Marathi
(6,100)
Tamil
(5,700)
Malayalam
(2,500)
People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (496,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Konkani (14,000)
  Tulu (12,000)
  Konkani, Goan (10,000)
  Telugu (8,000)
  Marathi (6,100)
  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
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 Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
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 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)
2.09 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
83.39 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
14.52 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Map Source Joshua Project / GMI / IMB  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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