Silawat (Hindu traditions) in India

Silawat (Hindu traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Silawat (Hindu traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 83,000
World Population: 83,000
Primary Language: Hindi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The word sila means stone and they do stonework and work in agriculture. The Silawat are a scheduled caste who live in Madhya Pradesh. They migrated from Rajasthan, speak Bundelkhandi and read and write in Devanagari.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Upon the death of the father, sons inherit the family property. The Silawat send their children to school but they have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be presented in oral form.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Silawat people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

What Are Their Needs?

They need to accept the blessings of Jesus Christ, the one who came to offer abundant life.

Prayer Points

Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading to a disciple making movement. Pray for the Lord to raise up and thrust out workers.

Text Source:   Keith Carey