Perka in India

Joshua Project has identified the Perka only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Pariki Muggula (or Perka) believe their ancestors were expert at sorcery and black magic. They performed a certain ritual to overcome the malignant effects of evil spirits on a possessed person. Before performing this ritual, they drew designs of the evil and malignant spirits on the floor with muggurai (a mineral). Thus, these people came to be called Pariki Muggula. They are expert at design-making and tattooing. Married women use a marriage pendant, vermilion, black beads, and toe-rings as marriage symbols. The traditional occupation of the Perka has been begging and fortune-telling, but today many are employed in other ways. They are Hindus, and act as sacred specialists in curing ailments caused by evil spirits.

Ministry Obstacles

The Perka people may be especially influenced by evil spiritual forces, since they have a history of involvement with these forces.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray that good quality Gospel radio will be available throughout India, in the many languages of the people. Pray that people will learn of these broadcasts, and will listen with understanding.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

It is unlikely there are any followers of Jesus Christ among the Perka people, but please pray for those who will soon come to saving faith. Pray they will completely escape any lingering effects of past involvement with the occult.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Perka, or Pariki Muggula, people will be set free from the influence of spiritual forces that keep them blinded to the truth of the good news about Jesus. Pray they will hear this good news, and will understand it, and will be given faith to believe.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Perka
People Name in Country Perka
Population in India 197,000
World Population 197,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pariki Muggula, Pariki Muggulollu, Parikilu, Parka, Periki
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Name General Perka
Ethnic Code CNN23d
People ID 17865
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:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telangana (172,000) Madhya Pradesh (14,000) Maharashtra (7,500) Odisha (2,100)
Andhra Pradesh (800) Karnataka (200) Chhattisgarh (100) Delhi (90)
Pondicherry (50) West Bengal (40)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telangana (172,000) Madhya Pradesh (14,000)
Maharashtra (7,500) Odisha (2,100)
Andhra Pradesh (800) Karnataka (200)
Chhattisgarh (100) Delhi (90)
Pondicherry (50) West Bengal (40)
Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Telugu (176,000) Hindi (8,600) Marathi (5,400) Oriya (700)
Kannada (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Telugu 176,000 Hindi 8,600
Marathi 5,400 Oriya 700
Kannada 30
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
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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 %
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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