Dharua in India

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People Name: Dharua
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 22,000
World Population: 22,000
Primary Language: Duruwa
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.16 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Dharua is an ethnic group that primarily resides in the state of Odisha, especially the Koraput, Rayagada, and Malkangiri districts. Their language is also called Dharua. Their status is that of a Scheduled Tribe, which gives them somewhat low status in Hindu society.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are farmers who practice slash and burn cultivation. To have enough food they supplement their diet by hunting and foraging for edible plants. They face many difficulties, both economically and in terms of their social standings. For this reason, the state government of Odisha has put into place programs to help the Dharua people gain power and have greater economic development.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dharua worship nature spirits, though they are known as Hindus. Hinduism is a flexible religion which allows for all kinds of traditional religious practices under the Hindu banner.

What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Dharua people need to allow the loving savior to direct their lives. They need his forgiveness for sin.

Prayer Points

Pray the Dharua would see they can enjoy abundant life if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling people to his side and blessing them in every way.

Pray for Holy Spirit sent workers.

Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.

Pray for the birth of an unstoppable church planting movement.

Text Source:   Joshua Project