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Relli in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
174,000 Odia Hinduism 0.95 % Unknown   

Relli in India

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Introduction / History
The term "relli" means a kind of grass in the Telugu language, and the traditional occupation of the Relli community was to gather and sell grass. At present, the Relli sell fruits and seeds and also involved in other occupations, including street sweeping and scavenging. They are a scheduled caste in Andhra Pradesh. The community includes a few social subdivisions and each of these includes several clans.

What are their lives like?
They historically have not sent girls to school, and boys often study only up to primary level for economic reasons. The Relli are an oppressed, suppressed and depressed people.

What are their beliefs?
They are Hindu, but several have become Christians.

What are their needs?
Most of the Relli people live in Andhra Pradesh. There have been efforts in this state to "re-convert" Dalits back to Hinduism from Christianity.
Christians can minister to low caste groups such as the Relli in various humanitarian ways. These efforts can help earn the respect and trust necessary to receive the gospel message.

Prayer Points
Several hundred Relli have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India. Pray the Lord will send teachers who will disciple them and teach them to disciple others.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to grant the Relli people spiritual hunger and discernment.
Please pray these low caste individuals will gain self-respect as well as respect from those communities around them.
Pray that parents will see the importance of providing a good education for their children, and that they will be able to afford this education.

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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:174,000
Largest States:
Andhra Pradesh (158,000)Odisha (11,000)
Telangana (3,500)Jharkhand (200)
Delhi (200)West Bengal (200)
Puducherry (100)Tamil Nadu (100)
Karnataka (90)Gujarat (50)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Relli
People Name General: Relli
Alternate People Names:
Relli ChachadiSachandi
ROP3 Code: 113451
Joshua Project People ID: 17962
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 174,000
Population all Countries: 174,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Relli
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Odia (119,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ory    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (28,000)Desiya (100)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.95 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.03 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
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GeneralGospel website in this language
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GeneralZume Training
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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
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Relli in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Relli India    
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