Mudugar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Mudugar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Attappady, one of the prominent forest regions of the Palghat district of Kerala, is home to several scheduled tribes. One of them is the Mudugar, whose living standards in the remote forest settlements are way behind the mainstream. The Mudugar are also found in the Nilgiris and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu. The Mudugar are believed to be the earliest immigrants to this region from the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. The Mudugar have a superior attitude to the Irulas and the Kurumbas, the other two neighbouring tribes of that region, but they help each other in agricultural operations, hunting, fishing, etc.

Mudugar lifestyle has not changed much by contact with more civilized people or by any of the welfare schemes which the Government has implemented for the development of the tribes. Their occupations include agriculture, hunting, and fishing. Siva is their supreme god, who they revere, and they follow all the associated rituals. Pilgrimage to the 'malliswaran' peak deep inside the Attappady hills is made once a year. However, their religion is a mixture of Animism and Hinduism, with the former dominating. The Mudugar's language, Muduga, is very different from Malayalam or Tamil, the state languages of these people.

The Mudugar are shy and they do not like the company of the nontribal people of the plains. Hence they live deep inside the forest, which makes access to them more difficult. Although a lot of missionary work is done in this area, not much has been done exclusively for them until recently. A few years ago, a mission agency sent evangelists to reach them with Gospel. Those who have come to the Lord through their ministries worship in local churches.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mudugar
People Name in Country Mudugar
Population in India 1,800
World Population 1,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mudukar, Muduvan, Muduvar, Muthuvar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Mudugar
Ethnic Code CNN23z
People ID 17697
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:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (1,300) Kerala (400) Maharashtra (80)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (1,300) Kerala (400)
Maharashtra (80)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil (1,300) Malayalam (400) Marathi (70) Muduga (40)
Telugu (20) Urdu (20) Kannada
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 1,300 Malayalam 400
Marathi 70 Muduga 40
Telugu 20 Urdu 20
Kannada 0
For Primary Language: Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1714-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1715-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1727-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Old Version Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Tamil Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
97.89 %
1.11 %
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 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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