Adi Andhra in Sri Lanka

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Adi Andhra are a scheduled caste of people living in south India and Sri Lanka. A scheduled caste means that they are disadvantaged and victims of past discrimination. As of 2001 only about 60% of the Adi Andhra could read and write at a basic level.

Beginning in the 20th century the Adi Andhra and other Dalit peoples started a reform movement to gain human rights and economic opportunities. The movement continues today. A small group of Adi Andhra has gained an education and become professionals. Some Adi Andhra have moved to cities to work in industry, improve their status and have their children attend school.

The main language of the Adi Andhra is Telegu, the language of Andhra Pradesh. It is a minority language in Sri Lanka.

Where Are they Located?

The Adi Andhra like their name suggests, live the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Some also live in the nearby states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. A smaller number live on the island nation of Sri Lanka.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today most Adi Andhra are still landless, rural farm workers. Some also work as street sweepers, village watchmen and in the leather trade. Some women work as domestics.

The lives of the rural Adi Andhra are very challenging even by Sri Lankan standards. Often they are without electricity, access to clean water, indoor plumbing and modern medical care. They work in the fields from sunup to sunset with little hope for a better life. Their children must work in the fields to help support the family.

The Adi Andhra are endogamous, that is they marry within their clan. Young people frequently marry their cousins. Families arrange the marriages. Sons inherit what little property they own.

Unlike most Hindus, the Adi Andhra will eat any type of meat they can obtain. The major portion of their diet is rice and any vegetables and fruit if they can afford it. Meat is a luxury for special occasions.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of Adi Andhra are Hindu, the dominant religion and culture among their people in India and Sri Lanka. They worship and serve the numerous gods of the Hindu pantheon. The Adi Andhra give attention to the Hindu goddesses whom they believe can protect them from epidemics, evil spirits and famine. The Adi Andhra participate in the yearly Hindu holidays of Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the nine-day celebration of autumn. A few Adi Andhra are Buddhists, Sikhs or Christians.

What Are Their Needs?

The Adi Andhra need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ in the way they can understand. They need help with their physical needs such as clean water and a regular source of healthy food. They need new business and educational opportunities so they can break out of their lives of poverty and hardship.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Adi Andhra in Sri Lanka.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Adi Andhra people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of the Adi Andhra people would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless their extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Adi Andhra people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Adi Andhra people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.

References Published/SCST/dh_sc_andhra.pdf

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Adi Andhra
People Name in Country Adi Andhra
Population this Country 800
Population all Countries 308,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Achhut; Adi Hindu; Adi Jambavulu; Arundhatiyar; Chakkilian; Chamar; Jambavulu; Madiga; Mala; Panchama; आदि आंड्रा
People ID 16162
ROP3 Code 111264
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 4
  Uva 400
  Central 300
  Western 80
  Sabaragamuwa 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (800 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (800 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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