Jambuvulu in India

Joshua Project has identified the Jambuvulu only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 55,000 Jambuvulu people are a scheduled caste community who used to tan hides using indigenous methods. Now they are spared from this unpleasant job. They purchase hides from merchants and make them into leather goods like slippers, shoes, water bags, and drum heads.

Where Are they Located?

Most live in either Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu. For this reason, they speak the main languages of these states, Telegu and Tamil. Many also speak Kannada, the language of neighboring Karnataka.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are two Jambuvulu subgroups, and they usually marry their cousins from the opposite subgroup. They practice both child and adult marriage. Their marriages are monogamous, and they have nuclear families. Though most of them make leather goods, some of them work as agricultural workers. They cremate their dead. Those who are not married at death are buried. The Jambuvulu people have a wonderful oral tradition. Only their men participate in their dance performances. They are poor, so they have the unenviable habit of depending on money-lenders and shop owners for credit.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Each year they worship their ancestors, but their main spiritual activity revolves around Hinduism. Sacred specialists from other communities perform their marriage rituals and death rites. A few of them became Christian a couple of decades ago in order to get employment at Christian hospitals and schools.

What Are Their Needs?

The Jambuvulu people have a low literacy rate, so printed gospel materials would do little good. They love to listen to the radio, watch TV, and attend meetings, and there are many Christian materials in all of these mediums available in their languages. Someone needs to take materials like gospel recordings and the JESUS Film to their communities.

Because they are dependent on money-lenders, Christians would do well to lend to them without charging high interest rates.

Prayer Points

* Pray for many oral Christian materials to find their way into Jambuvulu communities and homes.
* Pray for Christian businessmen to go to them to help the economy of their communities.
* Pray for spiritual openness to the Lord and Savior.

People Name General Jambuvulu
People Name in Country Jambuvulu
Population in India 57,000
World Population 57,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Jambuvulu
Ethnic Code CNN23d
People ID 16980
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)
Andhra Pradesh (38,000) Karnataka (17,000) Tamil Nadu (1,500) Pondicherry (600)
Telangana (200) Odisha (40) Kerala (20)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh (38,000) Karnataka (17,000)
Tamil Nadu (1,500) Pondicherry (600)
Telangana (200) Odisha (40)
Kerala (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (49,000) Kannada (5,700) Tamil (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 49,000 Kannada 5,700
Tamil 400
For Primary Language: Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Telugu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible stories in Telugu Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
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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