Badaik in India

The Badaik have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Badaik also called Chik and Chik-Bakaik. Like many Dalit groups, the Badaik are discriminated against by higher castes Hindus. Their children are often not allowed to attend schools with other Hindus.

The traditional occupation of the Badaik was weaving mats, baskets and fans.

The two main languages of the Badaik are Sadri and Bengali. The New Testament is available in Sadri. The JESUS Film has been translated into Sadri. Many resources are available in Bengali including radio programs. There are few if any Badaik believers.

The Badaik people live in northeast India. Most Badaik reside in the Indian states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Until the middle of the 20th century, the Badaik were dependent on weaving for their livelihood. Modern factories can make these items with lower costs and more quickly. As a result, most Badaik now work in agriculture on land owned by others. Urban Badaik work in factories and in construction. Rural Badaik have retained their traditional crafts such as weaving, spinning, basketry, carpentry, and pottery. They sell these items to buy things they cannot make for themselves such as cell phones and appliances.

Unfortunately, the Badaik have not made significant gains in education. These is especially true for women and girls. Most men have at least a primary education. Rural Badaik people often lack access to electricity, clean water and modern medicine. Life expectancy is low while child mortality is high.

Badaik marry within their group. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse in the norm. The Badaik tend to have large families. Sons inherit their father’s property and must take care of elderly relatives. Village elders make judicial decisions and enforce correct behavior.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Badaik religious practices draw from both Hinduism and animistic practices. Their Hindu worship is mostly devoted to Shiva, destroyer, one of Hinduism's main three gods.

Hinduism is the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. As a Dalit people, the Badaik have their own priests and shrines.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Badaik people have huge spiritual and physical needs. The greatest need is for God’s love and forgiveness that is offered to them in the person and works of Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Badaik people will soon see the light of Christ and forsake all other gods.

Pray for the Lord to send out loving workers to the Badaik people of India.

Pray the Badaik parents will be able to provide for their children.

Ask the Lord to raise up a growing church among the Badaik in this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Badaik in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Badaik
People Name in Country Badaik
Population this Country 126,000
Population all Countries 126,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Badak; Badik; Baraik; Bharaik; Chik; Chik Badaik; Sardar; Surajbanshi Rajput; Surajbansi; बदैयक
People ID 16275
ROP3 Code 111400
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
West Bengal
81,000
Jharkhand
23,000
Odisha
17,000
Chhattisgarh
1,200
Tripura
900
Maharashtra
700
Meghalaya
600
Uttar Pradesh
500
Andaman and Nicobar
90
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  West Bengal 81,000
  Jharkhand 23,000
  Odisha 17,000
  Chhattisgarh 1,200
  Tripura 900
  Maharashtra 700
  Meghalaya 600
  Uttar Pradesh 500
  Andaman and Nicobar 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sadri (36,000 speakers)
Language Code sck   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bengali
35,000
Hindi
22,000
Odia
12,000
Magahi
1,400
Chhattisgarhi
100
Primary Language Sadri (36,000 speakers)
Language Code sck   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 35,000
  Hindi 22,000
  Odia 12,000
  Magahi 1,400
  Chhattisgarhi 100
People Groups Speaking Sadri

Primary Language:  Sadri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1907-1919)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1931-2016)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sadri Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store Operation Agape
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sadri Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India) Operation Agape
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more