Salvi in India

The Salvi have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Mewara 7,300
Maru 6,800

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Introduction / History

The Salvi are one of the Mewari speaking peoples living in Rajasthan, one of India's least reached states.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The scorching heat of the summer and the freezing cold of the winter make life miserable for the Salvi people. The dusty atmosphere makes everyday life difficult. Drought and famine strike the land every third or fourth year. Cattle and animals die in the chilly cold weather.
Most of the Salvi people are vegetarian. Roti (chappathi) made of wheat and maize is the common food. Rice is served as a special dish. Chewing pan and smoking are accepted habits.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Salvi people are very religious and are proud of their culture. People worship several deities and gurus. There are plenty of temples all over the region.


What Are Their Needs?

Missionaries in the past had concentrated their work among the low caste people and tribals. But the high caste people should also be reached with the gospel. Churches have to be established among these major social groups. Salvi people will remain unreached unless these people are won for the Kingdom.
The message of the Kingdom of God should be shared in the heart language of the people in the way they can understand it. The church worship needs to be structured in their mother-tongue.
Leaders should be developed among the local believers so that they will reach out to their own people. Then the churches will continue to grow among them even without external leadership. But to make this possible someone needs to go to them.


Prayer Points

Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send Holy Spirit anointed laborers to work on this dry land. The workers are few!
Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment among the Salvi people and others in Rajasthan.
Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit to draw entire Salvi families into Christ's loving kingdom.


Scripture Prayers for the Salvi in India.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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People Name General Salvi
People Name in Country Salvi
Population this Country 110,000
Population all Countries 110,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Halvi; Patliwala; Patwa; Sali; Salve; साल्वी
People ID 18006
ROP3 Code 113499
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Rajasthan
101,000
Madhya Pradesh
8,400
Gujarat
80
Maharashtra
70
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Rajasthan 101,000
  Madhya Pradesh 8,400
  Gujarat 80
  Maharashtra 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.13 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.84 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Mewari (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mtr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Hindi
43,000
Malvi
1,700
Nimadi
1,400
Marwari
800
Marathi
300
Dhundari
100
Gujarati
70
Primary Language Mewari (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mtr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 43,000
  Malvi 1,700
  Nimadi 1,400
  Marwari 800
  Marathi 300
  Dhundari 100
  Gujarati 70
People Groups Speaking Mewari

Primary Language:  Mewari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2021)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mewari Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Mewari YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more