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Map Source: People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
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|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||South Asia Hindu - other|
|Affinity Bloc:||South Asian Peoples|
This is a cluster of Scheduled Tribes, meaning they come from a tribal background and have low status in Hindu society. Traditionally they have been hunters and gatherers.
The Pandaram people live in the southern regions of India. A smaller number live in Odisha.
Some Pandaram people still act as hunters and gathers. Some are experts in medicinal herbs; these people use their skills to help the sick. Most of the time these herbs are found in the forests.
Though they are officially "Hindu" the Pandaram people bury their dead instead of cremating them. Another strange custom that conflicts with most other Hindus is their wedding ceremonies can be at the home of either the bride or the groom.
Other sources describe the Pandaram people as lower caste Hindu ascetic mendicants.
The Pandaram people practice Hinduism, but they blend it with their traditional religion. Since Hinduism is basically a catch-all phrase for any indigenous religious system in this part of the world, there is no apparent conflict between the Pandaram people and the Hindu religious establishment.
The Pandaram people need the chance to enter the job market for the 21st century. This will require specific training.
Pray for the Pandaram people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Pandaram people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Pandaram communities.