Badaga in India

Joshua Project has identified the Badaga only in India
Population
224,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
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 224,000
World Population 224,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Badig, Badkar, Badugei, Gounder, Gowder, Odiyar, बडगा
People ID 16272
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (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 (204,000) Karnataka (20,000) Kerala (200)
Odisha (10)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (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
Tamil Nadu (204,000) Karnataka (20,000)
Kerala (200) Odisha (10)
Primary Language: Badaga (213,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: bfq   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 3
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (2,300) Kannada (30)
Primary Language: Badaga (213,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: bfq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 3
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (2,300) Kannada (30)
Primary Language: Badaga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1852-1992)
New Testament Yes   (1999)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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)
0.21 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.79 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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


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