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Devanga in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
577,000 Kannada Hinduism 2.38 % Unknown   

Devanga in India

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Introduction / History
Devanga people trace their origins to the sage Devala Maharishi.

Devanga used to be the same community as the Padmashali, but later they became two separate people groups when the Devanga began Shivite practices.

Where are they located?
Devanga people live mainly in Karnataka, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Pondicherry.

What are their lives like?
Devangas are weavers and fine craftsmen by tradition. They weave many different types of clothing. They weave ultrafine cotton clothes which are of good quality. Men usually do the loom weaving and the women yarn and spin the thread. Children also help. They are very good at selling their products. Others are involved in the grocery trade.

Most Devanga people do not eat vegetables; those who eat vegetables are considered Brahmins.

Devanga people speak Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. Bible resources exist in written, audio, and visual forms in their primary language of Kannada, yet Devanga people are considered unreached.

What are their beliefs?
Their religion is Hindu. In northern Karnataka, the Devanga have two groups who are the Kulachaar Devanga and the Shivachar Devanga. They both worship the goddess Banashankari in the Godavari region of Andhra Pradesh.

What are their needs?
Devanga people need open hearts to hear God's answers to their many spiritual problems.

These unusually creative people need to ask the questions, "Who created what we see?" and "What was the origin of our creativity?" Someone needs to reach out to Devanga people with the available Bible resources in the Kannada language which they understand.

Prayer Points
Pray that Devanga people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives devoid of Christ's blessings.
Pray that Devanga people will see past their respective traditional worship to the futility of it all, and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's Word.
Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among the Devanga, leading them to love Him with their whole being.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint Devanga families, especially the children and youth, and to raise up a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses of Christ's mercy and love.


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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:577,000
Largest States:
Karnataka (480,000)Tamil Nadu (48,000)
Maharashtra (32,000)Kerala (7,900)
Goa (1,700)Gujarat (1,000)
Telangana (600)Madhya Pradesh (500)
Andhra Pradesh (400)Delhi (90)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Devanga
People Name General: Devanga
Alternate People Names:
DevangDevanga Brahman
Devanga BrahminDevanga Sale
JendarManurkula Devanga Daivika Brahman
ROP3 Code: 115663
Joshua Project People ID: 20663
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 577,000
Population all Countries: 577,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Devanga
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kannada (436,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Konkani (14,000)Tulu (12,000)
Konkani, Goan (11,000)Marathi (4,600)
Tamil (4,500)Telugu (3,400)
Malayalam (2,500)Saurashtra (2,400)
Total Languages: 9
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.19 % 
Christianity2.38 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism96.47 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.95 % 
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: 1812-1988
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1827-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsOral Bible Stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppBible app direct APK download
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kannada
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Kannada
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Devanga in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Devanga India    
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      Hinduism     Kannada  
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