Adiyan in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Adiyan
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 20,000
World Population: 20,000
Primary Language: Malayalam
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.77 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

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.

Text Source:   Joshua Project