Dewar in India

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Dewar
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,200,000
World Population: 1,200,000
Primary Language: Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.06 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Dewar people live mainly in the eastern Indian states of Orissa and Chhattisgarh. They once were nomadic, but most of them are now settled.

What Are Their Lives Like?

What do they do for a living? Some say that they raise pigs, and their livestock make up the bulk of their possessions. Others say they beg or entertain by singing and doing tricks with monkeys. Still others say they are a fishing community that sell fish and fish products in the markets. Others say that their women do tattoos. Whatever they do, it is not lucrative, and they would prefer to have more educational opportunities for their children. They can't afford better education because of their poverty.

Most of their marital practices are like other scheduled castes. However, they have one custom that might be interesting to watch: the groom must forcefully open the bride's hand to put the wedding ring in it. One wonders what would happen if she has exceptionally strong hands.

What Are Their Beliefs?

These Hindus worship the goddess Andhimata and her 21 sisters. In the days when they moved about as nomads they would move the images of their deities in a basket over their heads. They believe that Andhimata would be annoyed if they stopped procreating, so they have large families which they can't afford to support.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Dewar people will tire of worshipping lifeless goddesses and give their full devotion to the One who is the Father of life.
Pray for the Lord to raise up workers to help them develop their economic lives so that He will be glorified.

Text Source:   Global Prayer Digest