Devanga in India

The Devanga have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 32 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Atagara 15,000
Santaria 8,200
Tikie 8,200
Archer 7,900
Padma 6,900
Gujar 6,400
Catholic Devanga 3,300
Lad 2,200
Sukha Sali 2,000
Shuddha 1,700

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Devanga in India.

* 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
Pronunciation day-wahn-GAH
Population this Country 491,000
Population all Countries 491,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 10
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 South Asia Hindu - other
People Group Devanga
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 32 (only 15 largest shown)
  Atagara 15,000
  Santaria 8,200
  Tikie 8,200
  Archer 7,900
  Padma 6,900
  Gujar 6,400
  Catholic Devanga 3,300
  Lad 2,200
  Sukha Sali 2,000
  Shuddha 1,700
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 11
Largest States
Karnataka
412,000
Tamil Nadu
41,000
Maharashtra
28,000
Kerala
6,700
Goa
1,500
Gujarat
800
Madhya Pradesh
500
Telangana
400
Andhra Pradesh
300
Delhi
90
Puducherry
30
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 11
  Karnataka 412,000
  Tamil Nadu 41,000
  Maharashtra 28,000
  Kerala 6,700
  Goa 1,500
  Gujarat 800
  Madhya Pradesh 500
  Telangana 400
  Andhra Pradesh 300
  Delhi 90
  Puducherry 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kannada (435,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Konkani
14,000
Tulu
12,000
Konkani, Goan
11,000
Marathi
4,600
Tamil
4,500
Telugu
3,400
Malayalam
2,500
Saurashtra
2,400
Primary Language Kannada (435,000 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Konkani 14,000
  Tulu 12,000
  Konkani, Goan 11,000
  Marathi 4,600
  Tamil 4,500
  Telugu 3,400
  Malayalam 2,500
  Saurashtra 2,400
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  (1827-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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)
Audio Recordings StoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.19 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.38 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.47 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.95 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  AJP / Shutterstock  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


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