Adi Andhra in India


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Introduction / History

The Adi Andhra are a Scheduled caste of people living in south India. A Scheduled caste means that they are disadvantaged and victims of past discrimination. The Indian government provides guaranteed places in education and public jobs for them. As of 2001 only about 60% of the Adi Andhra could read and write at a basic level.

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.

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.


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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the rural Adi Andhra are very challenging even by Indian 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 they can afford. Meat is a luxury for special occasions.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of Adi Andhra is Hindu, the national religion and culture of India. They worship and serve the numerous gods of the Hindu pantheon. The Adi Andhra give attention to the Hindu goddesses who 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 and 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 India.

* Pray the Lord sends Christian teachers, businesspersons and medical personnel to help the spiritual and physical needs of the Adi Andhra.
* Pray the Adi Andhra see the love of Christ in the lives of those Christian workers.
* Pray that God provides training for the Christian Adi Andhra and that they share the good news of Christ with their brothers and sisters.


References

censusindia.gov.in/Tables Published/SCST/dh_sc_andhra.pdf
peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=49197#topmenu


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Adi Andhra
People Name in Country Adi Andhra
World Population 319,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Achhut; Adi Hindu; Adi Jambavulu; Arundhatiyar; Chakkilian; Chamar; Jambavulu; Madiga; Mala; Panchama; आदि आंड्रा
People ID 16162
ROP3 Code 111264
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
207,000
Tamil Nadu
59,000
Karnataka
27,000
Odisha
11,000
Puducherry
3,900
Maharashtra
2,800
Telangana
2,300
Kerala
1,400
West Bengal
700
Delhi
700
Jharkhand
500
Gujarat
400
Assam
400
Chhattisgarh
200
Andaman and Nicobar
100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  Andhra Pradesh 207,000
  Tamil Nadu 59,000
  Karnataka 27,000
  Odisha 11,000
  Puducherry 3,900
  Maharashtra 2,800
  Telangana 2,300
  Kerala 1,400
  West Bengal 700
  Delhi 700
  Jharkhand 500
  Gujarat 400
  Assam 400
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Andaman and Nicobar 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (308,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Tamil
9,000
Kannada
1,800
Odia
1,600
Malayalam
200
Chhattisgarhi Konkani
Primary Language Telugu (308,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Tamil 9,000
  Kannada 1,800
  Odia 1,600
  Malayalam 200
  Chhattisgarhi 10
  Konkani 10
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  (1854-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
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 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 Pearl of Great Price
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.89 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.09 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.