Badaga in India

The Badaga have only been reported in India
Population
217,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

Badagar is a corrupt form of vadugar, meaning northerner. The Badagas are an agricultural people and by far the most numerous and wealthy of the hilly area people. Many have relocated to towns and cities of the region, and earn income from urban-style employment. The Badaga have a well-organized community council called Badaga Sangam. They grow different kinds of vegetables, tea, and coffee. In the social hierarchy, they are placed higher than the Toda, Kota, and Kurumba communities.They are Hindu and belong to the Shaivite group.They worship deities of both great and little traditions, such as Ganapati, Sub-ramanya, Krishna, Hittiamma, and Mahadeswaran.


Ministry Obstacles

The pantheistic Hindu religion provides a very different worldview than that of the Christian Bible. To change worldview is quite difficult, but it is possible.


Outreach Ideas

Perhaps some of the Badaga people, especially those that are younger, will learn of the availability of the Jesus film and other videos and recordings on the Internet. Pray the Lord will lead them to download, view, and listen and that the Lord will give them understanding.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are some Badaga who reported themselves as Christians to the India census. Please pray these people will clearly understand what it means to know and follow Christ, distinguishing this from a mere cultural identification with the Christian religion. Pray the Holy Spirit will lead them into all truth.


Pray for the Entire People Group

The Badaga are a relatively wealthy people, and this often leads to pride. Pride is deadly, so please pray against the effects of pride in this community.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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People Name General Badaga
People Name in Country Badaga
Population in India 217,000
World Population 217,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Badig, Badkar, Badugei, Gounder, Gowder, Odiyar, बडगा
People ID 16272
ROP3 Code 111397
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Tamil Nadu, Madras-Nilgiri, Kunda hills.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
(197,000)
Karnataka
(19,000)
Kerala
(200)
Odisha
(10)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Tamil Nadu, Madras-Nilgiri, Kunda hills..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 4
  Tamil Nadu (197,000)
  Karnataka (19,000)
  Kerala (200)
  Odisha (10)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Badaga (206,000 speakers)
Language Code bfq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Kannada
(8,200)
Tamil
(3,600)
People Groups Speaking Badaga
Primary Language Badaga (206,000 speakers)
Language Code bfq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Kannada (8,200)
  Tamil (3,600)
People Groups Speaking Badaga

Primary Language:  Badaga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1852-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1999)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Badaga
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.29 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.71 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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