Panchama in India

Joshua Project has identified the Panchama only in India






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Main Language



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 Brahmin 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 15,000
World Population 15,000
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 (7,800) Tamil Nadu (2,300) Pondicherry (1,300) 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 (7,800) Tamil Nadu (2,300)
Pondicherry (1,300) 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
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

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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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