Bakuda in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bakuda only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bakuda are also known as the Bayala Bakuda. Most of them live in India's southern states of Karnataka and Kerala. Though they speak their own language called Tulu, most also speak the main languages of the state they live in. (In Karnataka, people speak Kannada, and in Kerala, people speak Malayalam).

Their eating habits aren't good; they cook with coconut oil and drink unhealthy alcoholic beverages like arrack and toddy. Unlike many Hindu groups, the Bakuda allow for the remarriage of widows and divorcees. Most are landless, so they are more likely to work in government services or as laborers. Development programs have helped to ease their poverty.

Pray that the Bakuda people will see their spiritual poverty and come to the Christ who can make them spiritually rich.

People Name General Bakuda
People Name in Country Bakuda
Population in India 12,000
World Population 12,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aivattukuladavaru, Bakadra, Bayalu, Bayalu Bakuda, Kusala
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asian, other
People Name General Bakuda
Ethnic Code CNN23z
People ID 16306
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (6,900) Karnataka (3,800) Tamil Nadu (800) Pondicherry (100)
Telangana (60) Odisha (50) Goa (10)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (6,900) Karnataka (3,800)
Tamil Nadu (800) Pondicherry (100)
Telangana (60) Odisha (50)
Goa (10)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tulu (6,400) Malayalam (2,800) Kannada (1,700) Tamil (500)
Konkani, Goan (90) Telugu (80) Marathi (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tulu 6,400 Malayalam 2,800
Kannada 1,700 Tamil 500
Konkani, Goan 90 Telugu 80
Marathi 40
For Primary Language: Tulu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1842-1912)
New Testament Yes   (1847-2000)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Tulu Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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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 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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