Adiyan of India
People Name: Adiyan
Country: India
Language: Malayalam
Population: 19,000
Unreached: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Primary Religion: Hinduism
% Adherents: 0.77 %
% Evangelical: Unknown
Progress Status: 1.0
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Joshua Project
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Colorado Springs, CO 80962
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Introduction / History
The Adiyan people are an indigenous group also called a scheduled tribes. Historically they were nomads best known as hunters and gatherers.

Their language, also known as Adi, is part of the Dravidian language family.

They live mainly in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, southern India.

What are their lives like?
Today they live in villages and have adopted a more modern lifestyle. This tribe has their own customs, language and traditions. Their culture includes their own music and dance forms.

What are their beliefs?
The Adiyan people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.

What are their needs?
They face discrimination and poverty. The Indian government is addressing these issues through programs and reservations.

Prayer Points
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Adiyan communities.

Pray for the Adiyan people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.

Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Adiyan people to change their society from within.

Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.

Adiyan of India