Yenadi in India

The Yenadi have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Challa 38,000

Introduction / History

For many years, the Yenadi people lived in isolation on the island of Sri Harikota, off Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district. In 1835, the British government took possession of the island. The British opened schools and industries to try to "civilize" the Yenadi people by showing them a more modern way of life. These efforts were not successful. The Yenadi people are among what the Indian government calls the "scheduled tribes. " Because scheduled tribes are underdeveloped economically, the Indian government has attempted to bring them into the mainstream of political and economic life. These tribes were "scheduled" for special treatment. The Yenadi are now located in Andhra Pradesh in southern India. They live primarily in the districts of Nellore and Chittoor, as well as other nearby districts. They speak Yanadi, which belongs to the Telugu language family. There are four Yenadi clans.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Yenadi people have a history of being exploited by crooked money lenders leaving them in debt peonage. They are news articles about people trying to help the Yenadi people get their basic needs met. For example, there is public housing for them. Another group is trying to make sure Yenadi children are able to complete their education. Child marriage has been a problem in the past, and the Indian government is finding ways to keep them from this practice that usually leads to a life of poverty. Finally, there is an effort to legally help the Yenadi people recover their land from those who exploit them. This is especially important since land ownership means the difference between poverty and having needs met. When they don’t own the land, they wind up working for others, often only being paid with scraps of food. Though they are best known as farm hands, some fish and catches frogs. Others search the forests for goods they can sell.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Yenadi are nearly all Hindu. They have pictures of their gods in their homes and small shrines are usually located in each village. Every year they have festivals in worship of their favorite gods. These gods supposedly favor some and dislike others, depending on how they performed a ritual. Good luck and fate are important to the Yenadi. They believe that charms, amulets, and "lucky people" generate good fortune.


What Are Their Needs?

The Yenadi people need better schools and hospitals. Perhaps Christian teachers and medical workers can open doors to reach the Yanadi.


Prayer Points

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Yenadi people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow him. Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group. Pray for the spiritual lives of the Yenadi people to become fruitful as they follow Christ. Pray for the lives and culture of the Yenadi people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


Scripture Prayers for the Yenadi in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-01
People Name General Yenadi
People Name in Country Yenadi
Population this Country 790,000
Population all Countries 790,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
Alternate Names Irlollu; Malauasi; Malavasi; Nakampadi; Villuwaru; Yadi; Yanadi; Yanati; Yenadis; Yenadri; Yendari; एनडी
People ID 18339
ROP3 Code 113891
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
628,000
Tamil Nadu
94,000
Karnataka
24,000
Odisha
21,000
Maharashtra
5,300
Telangana
4,700
Kerala
2,100
Puducherry
1,900
West Bengal
1,200
Andaman and Nicobar
400
Gujarat
400
Chhattisgarh
300
Delhi
300
Assam
200
Jharkhand
200
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Andhra Pradesh 628,000
  Tamil Nadu 94,000
  Karnataka 24,000
  Odisha 21,000
  Maharashtra 5,300
  Telangana 4,700
  Kerala 2,100
  Puducherry 1,900
  West Bengal 1,200
  Andaman and Nicobar 400
  Gujarat 400
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Delhi 300
  Assam 200
  Jharkhand 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (655,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamil
16,000
Kannada
2,500
Hindi
200
Marathi
200
Urdu
100
Odia
100
Koya Malayalam Nepali
Gujarati Gondi, Northern English
Kui Konkani Gondi, Aheri
Primary Language Telugu (655,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Tamil 16,000
  Kannada 2,500
  Hindi 200
  Marathi 200
  Urdu 100
  Odia 100
  Koya 10
  Malayalam 10
  Nepali 0
  Gujarati 0
  Gondi, Northern 0
  English 0
  Kui 0
  Konkani 0
  Gondi, Aheri 0
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
General Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.81 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.90 %
Islam
0.13 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.15 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source John Kless 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more