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Asari in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Asari in India

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Introduction / History
The Asari people of south India are a subset of the larger Viswakarma caste. The Asari are a caste of artisans and craftsmen who do metal working and make jewelry. They are also involved in the construction trades of carpentry and masonry. They are followers of Vishvakarman, the Hindu god of craftsmen and architects, from whom all Asari claimed to descend from. The Asari caste is found in the Vedas where according to legend they made chariots and weapons for kings and rajas. The jewelry and metal items made by the Asari are often used in Hindu rituals and ceremonies.

The main language of the Asari is Odia. Many also speak Hindi, which allows them to do business with most people from north and central India. The Asari encourage their children to pursue education. Many Asari have graduated from university, speak English and work as professionals.

Where are they located?
The Asari people live in Odisha, a state in eastern India.

What are their lives like?
The Asari see themselves as protectors and purveyors of Hindu traditions. They are known for making sacred objects like bells, cymbals, Hindu idols, and incense holders. Most Asari would fit into India's middle class today. They are above the laborers and farmers but below large landowners, the Brahmins and rulers. Some Asari claim Brahmin status. Brahmins do not consider them as equals.

The Asari marry with their group both within their clan and with other Asari subgroups. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Urban educated Asari often make their own choses of spouses with the approval of their parents. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming head of the family upon his father's death. Caste councils settle legal disputes and promote their interests.

What are their beliefs?
The Asari practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They consider themselves to be devout Hindus. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Asari 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Asari people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The Asari need to realize that status in the Hindu system will not get them right with the true God. They must understand that only Jesus Christ will bring them the lasting joy and peace they are seeking. They need to see Christ's love demonstrated in the lives of believers.

Prayer Points
Pray the Lord moves Indian believers to befriend and share the good news with the Asari.
Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Asari families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Ansari people love for God's Word and a desire to spread its influence.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:7,800
Largest States:
Odisha (7,800)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Asari
People Name General: Asari
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111373
Joshua Project People ID: 16251
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,800
Population all Countries: 7,800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Asari
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (7,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1811-1956
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1815-2021
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
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Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Odia
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoRivka video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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GeneralBible for Children
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GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Odia
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Asari in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Asari India    
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