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Rodiya in Sri Lanka



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
18,000 Sinhala Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Rodiya in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
While they constitute less than one percent of Sri Lanka's population, the Rodiya people of Sri Lanka have their own language and their own distinct Buddhist beliefs and practices. Perhaps this is due to their historic exclusion as outcastes; their name is based on a word for filth. Caste is a feature of Sri Lankan society. Although as outcastes they may seek alms, they are generally denied work and once were even denied clothing! Yet work they do, dancing, juggling plates, and making cane handicrafts. With increased urbanization, their lot in life is improving.
As they see it, they are descended from a Sri Lankan princess who was ostracized for cannibalism. They praise her in songs and poems. Her depiction, however, is very much like the Hindu goddess Kali, recipient of human sacrifices, repugnant to Buddhists. Despite these questionable origins, the Rodiyas are beginning to be assimilated into the larger Sri Lankan society.

What are their beliefs?
Only a few believers have sought to minister to these people. Among them were the late Rt. Rev. Ivan Corea, the canon of the Anglican Church of Ceylon, and his wife Ouida. We do not know if that outreach continued after his death in 1968. Today few Rodiyas are followers of Jesus.

Prayer Points
Pray that God will raise up more godly people like the Coreas, and that God will open the hearts of the Rodiyas to His love so that many will come to faith in Jesus and sing His praises in song and poem.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-08
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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:18,000
Largest Provinces:
Sabaragamuwa (6,800)North Western (4,600)
Uva (3,200)Central (3,000)
Southern (300)Western (200)
Total Provinces on file:6
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Rodiya
People Name General: Rodiya
Alternate People Names:
रोड़िया
ROP3 Code: 113464
Joshua Project People ID: 17975
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 18,000
Population all Countries: 18,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Sinhala
People Name General: Rodiya
Ethnic Code: CNN25q
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Sinhala (18,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sin    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
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: 1739-1966
New Testament:
1776-1991Audio
Complete Bible: 1823-1982
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: සිංහල - Sinhala
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Rodiya in Sri Lanka

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