Aruva in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Aruva
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 28,000
World Population: 28,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Aruva live in Odisha. They speak, read and write in Oriya.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Aruva work mostly in agriculture while some are day laborers due to being landless. Some of them are office workers. The Aruva prefer to marry their cousins. They have subgroups and are endogamous, meaning they prefer to marry within their own group. The divorced and bereaved are allowed to marry again. On the death of the father, sons inherit the property with the oldest son getting the most, and he becomes the head of the household.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Aruva people are almost entirely Hindu.

What Are Their Needs?

The Aruva people need to put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ, the one who came to offer them life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray that God gives them dreams and visions leading them to a movement to Christ. Pray that Indian believers act as Christ's ambassadors, helping them to study, understand, and internalize the teachings of the Bible.

Text Source:   Keith Carey