Badaik in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Badaik people are also called Chik and Chik-Bakaik. Like many dalit groups, the Badaiks are not vegetarian. They eat mutton, chicken, fish, eggs, as well as their staple, rice.

Until 1960, the Badaiks were dependent on weaving for their livelihood, but today many are engaged in agricultural work, though most are involved with industrial labor. Despite large-scale occupational mobility, they have retained their traditional crafts, such as weaving, spinning, basketry, carpentry, pottery, thread-making, etc. They have not made significant gains in education. As India industrializes, the Badaik people have benefited from health services, roads, electricity, and better drinking water.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Badaik religious practices draw from both Hinduism and Animistic practices. They call their community priests "pahan," and draw them from two other ethnic communities. Their Hindu worship is mostly devoted to Shiva, one of Hinduism's main three gods.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Badaik people will soon see the light of Christ, and forsake all others.

People Name General Badaik
People Name in Country Badaik
Population in India 102,000
World Population 103,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Badak, Badik, Baraik, Bharaik, Chik, Chik Badaik, Sardar, Surajbanshi Rajput, Surajbansi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Badaik
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 16275
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (62,000) Jharkhand (20,000) Odisha (17,000) Chhattisgarh (1,000)
Tripura (800) Maharashtra (500) Uttar Pradesh (400) Andaman and Nicobar (90)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
West Bengal (62,000) Jharkhand (20,000)
Odisha (17,000) Chhattisgarh (1,000)
Tripura (800) Maharashtra (500)
Uttar Pradesh (400) Andaman and Nicobar (90)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sadri (42,000) Bengali (26,000) Hindi (19,000) Oriya (13,000)
Chhattisgarhi (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sadri 42,000 Bengali 26,000
Hindi 19,000 Oriya 13,000
Chhattisgarhi 100
For Primary Language: Sadri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1907-1919)
New Testament Yes   (1931-1986)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Sadri Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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