Panchama in India


Joshua Project has identified the Panchama only in India

Population

14,100

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction

The term "Panchama" is sometimes used to include several people groups ("communities") in the Untouchables, or Dalit, class of people. "Harijan" is another term which has been used for this category. "Panchama" means the fifth one, referring to a non-existent fifth varna, or social class in the caste system, below the other four varnas. As used here, Panchama refers to only one people group, living in several southern districts of India. Many work as farm laborers. Lord Venkatesh-war is considered their patron deity. Village deities such as Sub-balamma and Kanakadurgamma are worshipped. The people are served by Brahman priests, Dasari priests, washer-men and barbers.


Ministry Obstacles

Hinduism presents a very different picture of eternal realities than does the Christian Bible. It's difficult for people to change their understanding this radically and it usually doesn't occur swiftly.


Outreach Ideas

Poor and downtrodden people are often those most responsive to the Gospel message. Even though there likely are no followers of Jesus among these people today, we should pray the Lord will send workers soon to tell them about new life in Christ. Oral communication is likely to be the most effective approach.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

It's not too early to pray for those in this community who will soon come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Pray the Lord will send pastors to shepherd them and teach them accurately.


Pray for the Entire People Group

One of the alternate names for the Panchama people is "Pariah", meaning outsider or castaway. Please pray for the Panchamas to be brought into God's family, accepted as beloved children of God, no longer outsiders.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Panchama
People Name in Country Panchama
Population in India 14,000
World Population 14,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pariah
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Panchama
Ethnic Code CNN23d
People ID 17826
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:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh (7,700) Tamil Nadu (2,200) Pondicherry (1,200) Karnataka (1,100)
Odisha (1,000) Telangana (900) Maharashtra (200) Kerala (70)
Goa (30)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh (7,700) Tamil Nadu (2,200)
Pondicherry (1,200) Karnataka (1,100)
Odisha (1,000) Telangana (900)
Maharashtra (200) Kerala (70)
Goa (30)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (13,000) Tamil (700) Kannada (600) Oriya (300)
Malayalam (40)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 13,000 Tamil 700
Kannada 600 Oriya 300
Malayalam 40
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings 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)
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
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles

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 %
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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