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Varli in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,475,000 Varli Hinduism 1.42 % Unknown No   

Varli in India

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Introduction / History
Varli of India are a scheduled tribe. Varli people are also called Warli, which means, "a field or piece of land."

Where are they located?
Varli people live mostly in the Nashik region, the Thane region, and the Dhule region in the state of Maharashtra. Some also live in the state of Gujarat, and in Indian Union territories in the west of India.

Varli speak in an unwritten language that is from the southern zone of the Indo Aryan tribal languages. They also speak Hindi, Tamil, and Urdu, which have Bible resources completed.

What are their lives like?
They people primarily work in agriculture.

They enthusiastically celebrate festivals of lights, adding to their culture. They have contributed muchto tribal art through Varli paintings influenced by nature. Common scenes show farming, hunting, fishing, festivals, animals and other forms of nature. They only use white for their paintings. Wall paintings are only exihibited during harvests and weddings.

What are their beliefs?
Varli people celebrate many festivals worshiping folk gods. Some are observed at home, and others in the community. They have many social ceremonies and rituals regarding nature. They worship to please, and to be blessed by their gods whom they fear.

What are their needs?
These creative people need to ask the questions, "Who ceated what we see and worship?" and "What was the origin of our creativity?"

Someone needs to reach out to Varli people with Bible resources in Hindi, Tamil, and Urdu languages which they understand.

Prayer Points
Pray the day will come when they celebrate Jesus Christ with enthusiasm and worship presently given to false gods.
Pray that spiritual barriers will be broken, and that they will turn their hearts to Jesus.
Pray that God's people will make long-lasting, intentional contact with Varli people that will result in many disciples reaching their own people.

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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:1,475,000
Largest States:
Maharashtra (937,000)Gujarat (386,000)
Dadra and Nagar Haveli (132,000)Madhya Pradesh (2,500)
Tamil Nadu (1,700)Daman and Diu (1,400)
Rajasthan (700)Delhi (500)
West Bengal (400)Telangana (300)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Varli
People Name General: Varli
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113844
Joshua Project People ID: 18299
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,475,000
Population all Countries: 1,481,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Varli
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Varli (775,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): vav    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marathi (369,000)Gujarati (44,000)
Konkani (23,000)Dangi (21,000)
Bhili (7,900)Hindi (1,700)
Kannada (1,100)Saurashtra (900)
Telugu (500)Khandesi (100)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 24
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.02 % 
Christianity1.42 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.07 % 
Islam0.14 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
Unknown0.34 % 
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 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2009
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Varli
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
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Varli in India

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