Aghori in India

The Aghori have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction

The main source of subsistence for the Aghori has been begging and consuming leftovers from feasts or hotels. Some are rickshaw-pullers or laborers. However, today there are some in government and private service. Social control is maintained by a headman (mukhia). The priest (sardar-naya) and the treasurer (bhandari) are the other officials. Unless the council's decisions are obeyed, the offender is usually excommunicated. They worship family deities (gosai) such as Bhairals, Bishahar, and Panchunath.


Ministry Obstacles

This community of India probably has little if any understanding of the person of Jesus Christ. They have a worldview quite different than that of the Christian.


Outreach Ideas

Some of the people in this community speak a language (Hindi, Maithili) that has many Christian resources available. Scripture and the Jesus film are available in these languages, as examples. Workers are needed to carry these resources to the people.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known believers in this community today. But pray the Lord is even now preparing teachers and pastors for those who will soon come to faith.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this poor community will be able to find good employment and will be able to find ways out of poverty.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-04
People Name General Aghori
People Name in Country Aghori
World Population 69,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Aghorapanthi, Aghore, Bhatuk, Bhatuk Gulgulia, Giri, Gosain, Gulgulia, Karkarmunda, Karkarmundi, Sarbhangi, Surbhang, अघोरी
People ID 16178
ROP3 Code 111282
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 10
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
30,000
Uttar Pradesh
21,000
Bihar
13,000
Jharkhand
2,100
Rajasthan
1,100
Uttarakhand
1,000
West Bengal
400
Maharashtra
90
Karnataka
40
Odisha
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Madhya Pradesh 30,000
  Uttar Pradesh 21,000
  Bihar 13,000
  Jharkhand 2,100
  Rajasthan 1,100
  Uttarakhand 1,000
  West Bengal 400
  Maharashtra 90
  Karnataka 40
  Odisha 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (61,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
2,400
Bundeli
1,700
Maithili
1,100
Dhundari
1,000
Garhwali
700
Kumaoni
100
Marwari
100
Wagdi
90
Telugu
40
Mewari
40
Awadhi
40
Merwari
Primary Language Hindi (61,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 2,400
  Bundeli 1,700
  Maithili 1,100
  Dhundari 1,000
  Garhwali 700
  Kumaoni 100
  Marwari 100
  Wagdi 90
  Telugu 40
  Mewari 40
  Awadhi 40
  Merwari 10
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
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 %
Photo Source Wikimedia Commons  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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