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Devadasi in India



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
21,000 Kannada Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Devadasi in India

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Summary
Each year, girls as young as 10 from the Devadasi caste are dedicated to a temple goddess, Uligamma, in a wedding ceremony that begins a lifetime of prostitution. Devadasis believe that when the girl is wed in the temple, the spirit of Uligamma inhabits her for a lifetime. Actual possessions have been reported, but girls have been known to be set free by Jesus. When Hindu priests and other men sleep with these girls, they believe they are actually sleeping with the goddess herself. The girls are used until they are too sick or too old to be desirable. Then they are expected to fend for themselves as best they can through menial labor or begging on the streets. There are official laws against child prostitution, but traditions die hard, and girls in remote villages don't even know about laws enacted hundreds of miles away.

Ministry Obstacles
There are people who greatly profit by this practice that ruins many lives, and they will do whatever they can to keep this lucrative trade in place. It is highly secretive, since most people in India, including most Hindus, disapprove of temple prostitution.

Outreach Ideas
There are ministries that help women from the Devadasi caste learn new trades while teaching them the ways of Christ. In some cases it might be necessary for women to do what 19th century missionary Amy Carmichael did and use clever means to rescue Devadasis from the temples.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray that these women will be able to overcome the trauma, bitterness, hatred, and fear that they have had to deal with in their past life. Pray that many will live victorious lives in Christ that will draw others to Him.

Pray for the entire people group
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower and embolden Mission to India and other outreaches to the Devadasis.
* Pray that more and more Devadasi women will hear the good news of Jesus and be free and healed to serve Him.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-09-05
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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:21,000
Largest States:
Andhra Pradesh (8,500)Karnataka (7,100)
Tamil Nadu (3,300)Kerala (1,500)
Odisha (500)
Total States on file:5
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Devadasi
People Name General: Devadasi
Alternate People Names:
AtumpatramBogam
GuniKalavanthu
Kalavathu DevadasiKurmapu
Saniदेवदासी
ROP3 Code: 111904
Joshua Project People ID: 16683
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 21,000
Population all Countries: 21,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Kannada
People Name General: Devadasi
Ethnic Code: CNN23a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Kannada (8,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (8,300)Tamil (2,300)
Malayalam (1,400)Odia (500)
Total Languages: 5
   
 
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: 1812-1988
New Testament:
1823-1995Audio
Complete Bible: 1831-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Devadasi in India

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