Bagata in India

The Bagata have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Bagata are a scheduled tribe of India. They are thought to be one of the aboriginal tribes. They are also called Bagatha, Bagat, Bagodi, Bogad or Bhakta.


Where Are they Located?

They live in the state of Odisha and also in the state of Andhra Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They work as farmers to earn a living.

Bagata people celebrate festivals, dances and music. Dhimsa is one of the dances and Bagata tribes of all ages enjoy energetic dancing, and all ages take part. In March and April, they dance at weddings and at social functions. Dance encourages friendships with people in the nearby villages. During festive seasons dancers from a Bagata village go to other villages to dance and to participate in community feasts. The dances of the Bagata are called Sankidi Kelbar. Perhaps the gospel can best be communicated to them through dance.

Bagata speak with one another in a form of the Oriya language. One of their main languages is Telugu. Their local dialect is Adivasi Oriya.

They have a social hierarchy similar to other tribes in Odisha.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Bagata people are mostly Hindus. They worship Hindu gods and goddesses in addition to their family and tribal gods.


What Are Their Needs?

Scripture resources, written, audio, and visual exist in the Telugu language of Bagata people, yet they are unreached.

Their worship of many gods, and their dance, perhaps fills an emotional need, but their genuine spiritual need cannot be touched in these ways.

Bagata people need to see their critical need for their Savior, who loves them and desires a personal relationship with them. They need to see past their world, and see that they have no acceptance with the Creator of the universe, except through His Son.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Bagata people will become interested in Jesus Christ via film, recordings and the written word which are available in their Telugu language.
* Pray that God will raise up Indian churches to boldly and lovingly evangelize this people group for whom Christ died and rose again.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among them.
* Pray that, as David danced before Jehovah God, Bagata people will dance before Him in joyful worship.


References

www.indianetzone.com/8/bagata_tribe.htm
http://www.wycliffe.net/en/searchresults/tabid/88/language/en-us/default.aspx?q=oriya+language
http://www.wycliffe.net/en/searchresults/tabid/88/language/en-us/default.aspx?q=telugu+bible+resources


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-04
People Name General Bagata
People Name in Country Bagata
Population in India 149,000
World Population 149,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Bagat, Bagatha, Bagodi, Bagota, Bakta, Bhagada, Bhagatha, Bhakta, Bogad, Bogatha, Padal, Rana, बगटा
People ID 16286
ROP3 Code 111411
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 8
Largest States
Andhra Pradesh
134,000
Odisha
9,700
Karnataka
4,300
Telangana
900
Tamil Nadu
200
Delhi
90
Puducherry
30
Kerala
10
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 8
  Andhra Pradesh 134,000
  Odisha 9,700
  Karnataka 4,300
  Telangana 900
  Tamil Nadu 200
  Delhi 90
  Puducherry 30
  Kerala 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (126,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Odia
13,000
Hindi
5,000
Kannada
1,900
Kuvi
500
Mundari
100
Munda
60
Kui
50
Koya
50
Tamil
40
Santhali
40
Bengali
30
Gadaba, Mudhili
30
Punjabi, Eastern
20
Ho
20
Malayalam
20
Other People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (126,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Odia 13,000
  Hindi 5,000
  Kannada 1,900
  Kuvi 500
  Mundari 100
  Munda 60
  Kui 50
  Koya 50
  Tamil 40
  Santhali 40
  Bengali 30
  Gadaba, Mudhili 30
  Punjabi, Eastern 20
  Ho 20
  Malayalam 20
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings 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)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.53 %
Islam
0.02 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
1.82 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
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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