Dakkal in India


Joshua Project has identified the Dakkal only in India

Population

6,590

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

Dakkalas collect alms from the Madiga community. Before they get the alms, the Dakkalas must tell genealogies and folk tales. Typically a Dakkala individual may visit a village for one or two days. Madigas give them food, presents, and money. In return, the Dakkalas entertain them by telling tales, singing folk songs, and reciting genealogies. It usually takes another year before the Dakkalas return to the same village.


Where are they Located?

The Dakkalas live in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. They speak Telegu, the language of Andhra Pradesh.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Dakkalas supplement their income by raising pigs for food and donkeys as pack animals. They use their donkeys to transport goods for merchants. Their women sometimes earn money by working as farm laborers, and by selling palm leaf mats that they weave together. They have traditionally been nomadic, but some are settling down.


What are Their Beliefs?

This Hindu community of 6,200 worships both Hindu gods and village deities.


What are Their Needs?

A good way to reach them would be through story telling and music, two ways to communicate that they have made into an art.


Prayer Points

* Pray for creative ambassadors of Christ to go to the Dakkala people with stories and songs that can lead them to the foot of the cross.


People Name General Dakkal
People Name in Country Dakkal
Population in India 6,600
World Population 6,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dakaleru, Dakalwad, Dakkaliga, Dakkalwar, Dokkalwar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Dakkal
Ethnic Code CNN23d
People ID 16661
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telangana (2,500) Maharashtra (1,900) Karnataka (1,300) Andhra Pradesh (900)
Tamil Nadu (200) Gujarat (60) Goa (20) Odisha (20)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telangana (2,500) Maharashtra (1,900)
Karnataka (1,300) Andhra Pradesh (900)
Tamil Nadu (200) Gujarat (60)
Goa (20) Odisha (20)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (5,300) Marathi (900) Kannada (600) Tulu
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 5,300 Marathi 900
Kannada 600 Tulu 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
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 Hope Video
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture Bibles, Bible League
Scripture EasyBibles
Scripture EasyBibles
Scripture International Bible Society

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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