Bagheti in India

The Bagheti 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

Like many people groups in the Hindu world, the Bagheti place themselves higher on the caste order than others. They consider themselves to be sudras, the fourth of four major caste groups, while other Hindus would call them Dalits, or outcastes.

The primary language of the Bagheti is Odia. Many resources are available in Odia including a complete Bible, the JESUS Film and radio programs. There are few if any Bagheti believers.

The Hindu Bagheti live in the east central Indian state of Odisha.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Bagheti men fish off the coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal. They salt and dry most their fish to sell to others. With the money from the dried fish, they can maintain their boats and nets. They can also buy things they cannot make for themselves such as cell phones, appliances, TVs and radios.

Many of the Bagheti who do not fish work in agriculture on land owned by others. A small portion of the crops they keep, and the larger portion goes to the landowners. They grow rice, palm trees, coconuts, vegetables, and fruit. Most Bagheti would like to improve their standard of living. Many of their children quit school after a few years to help their families make a living. Some young people are moving to Indian cities hoping for a better life. Since many lack job skills, they have to take the lowest paying jobs.

Bagheti marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Bagheti tend to have a large number of children. Sons are responsible to take care of elderly relatives. Families and young people arrange marriages. Village elders make judicial decisions and deal with outsiders. Some rural Bagheti lack access to modern medical care. As a result, child mortality is high.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bagheti people practice Hinduism, 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 so. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

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 Bagheti need new jobs skills. They need good schools for their children. Most of all they need to hear and respond to the good news about Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them a new, eternal life.


Prayer Points

Ask God to raise up Bagheti leaders who desire to know the truth of the Bible.

Ask God to send loving, committed workers to the Bagheti in the near future.

Pray the Bagheti parents would be able to take care of their children with better schools.

Ask the Lord to raise up growing churches among the Bagheti of Indian in this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Bagheti in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bagheti
People Name in Country Bagheti
Population this Country 33,000
Population all Countries 33,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Baghuti; Bogti; Bongti; बघेती
People ID 16287
ROP3 Code 111412
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)
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 1
  Odisha 33,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (27,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Hindi
600
Primary Language Odia (27,000 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 600
People Groups Speaking Odia
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.08 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.92 %
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