Sillekyatha in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Sillekyatha
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 43,000
World Population: 43,000
Primary Language: Kannada
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Sillekyatha people are impoverished nomads.

Where Are they Located?

The Sillekyatha people live almost exclusively in Karnataka.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are famous for their all-night puppet show, tattoos and quilts. Fishing is an important way for them to obtain food.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sillekyatha people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Sillekyatha people are 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?

This Hindu people group needs the chance to respond to the claims of Jesus Christ who has victory and power over death. Like the rest of humanity, they need their sins forgiven by a Holy God.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Sillekyatha people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Sillekyatha people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Sillekyatha disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Sillekyatha communities.

Text Source:   Keith Carey