Yadav (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

In earlier times the Yadav were called Ahir. The name Ahir is derived from 'Abhira', which is an immigrant tribe found in inscriptions and Hindu sacred books. The Abhira appear to have been one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia. They were spoken of as robbers and foreigners. They claim connection to the god Krishna, since he was a herdsman. In most places they don't use the name Ahir anymore and the most common name is Yadav or Yadava. It's easy to find out who a Yadav is. Just ask them their name and they will tell you their first name followed by their title which is always Yadav.


Where Are they Located?

The highest concentration is in the states Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (north India) but also in east, west and south India. Others live in southern Nepal or Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Yadav are a caste comprising of dairymen, cattle producers, and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling its products. The Yadav consist of both landowning and landless people. Some Yadav are businessmen, teachers, doctors, engineers, and political leaders.

The Yadav live in joint families. Most are vegetarian but many have started eating fish, mutton, chicken and sometimes pork, but not beef. Child labor is common among them. They are good in musical dance, wrestling and mock-fighting with swords. Boys are given preference for formal education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Yadav participate in local traditional and socio-religious festivals. They have expertise in oral traditions and group singing in praise of the god Vishnu. Krishna is perhaps their favorite Hindu god, since he was also a herder. They celebrate his birthday with great enthusiasm. They often pray to Singaji for the protection of their cattle from disease and often give thank offerings of butter, unripe mangoes and sugar. Yadavs are known to have more faith in astrology and talismans than in the services of a doctor.


What Are Their Needs?

They are in need to hear about the way of salvation. Most of the Yadav die never hearing the name of Jesus once in a lifetime!

But also life, lifestyle and living standard are changing. The next generation will need to get other kinds of jobs. To get those jobs they need education, but proper education is not always available.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Yadav (Hindu traditions) in Sri Lanka.

* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Yadav people in Sri Lanka.
* Pray for a movement of Yadav households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Yadav people in Sri Lanka to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Yadav people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16187/IN
https://godlovesyadav.org/yadav-prayer-profile/
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/yadav/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yadav


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
MFAN / YWAM Ministries
The Yadav for the Glory of God
People Name General Yadav (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Yadav (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciation YAH-dahv
World Population 59,573,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Abhir; Adav; Adavigolla; Aharwar; Ahir; Ahirani; Ahir-Goala; Asthanagolla; Ayar; Ayar-Boricha; Baredi; Brajwari; Chosh; Couli; Dhangar; Erumakar; Gaolan; Gaoli; Gauvali; Gawal; Gawli; Gayla; Ghasi; Ghosh; Goala; Gol; Gola; Golar; Golkar; Golla; Gollewar; Gop; Gopa; Gopali; Gope; Gopi; Gosangi; Gouli; Gowala; Gullar; Gwal; Gwala; Hir; Idaiyan; Idaiyar; Idayar; Iruman; Jadav; Ji; Kolaya; Konar; Konarulu; Makhar; Muniyani; Pillai; Rai; Rao; Rao Saheb; Rao Sahib; Raut; Reo Saheb; Sadgoala; Sadgope; Sargope; Yadav; Yadava; Yadha; Yadhava; Yadukulum; यादव (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16187
ROP3 Code 111292
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Central
5,100
Sabaragamuwa
700
Uva
500
Eastern
300
Western
300
Northern
300
Southern
40
North Western
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Central 5,100
  Sabaragamuwa 700
  Uva 500
  Eastern 300
  Western 300
  Northern 300
  Southern 40
  North Western 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bengali Hindi Telugu
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bengali
  Hindi
  Telugu
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.85 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.15 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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