Dakkal in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dakkal only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

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 6,590
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
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu (5,300) Marathi (900) Kannada (500) Tulu (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 5,300 Marathi 900
Kannada 500 Tulu 10
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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