Bakkarwal in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bakkarwal only in India
Population
78,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

It is thought that Bakkarwal is derived from the word bakriwale, meaning goat herders, or goat and sheep producers. They have permanent homes but move from one altitude to another in search of green pasture for their goats and sheep. The identification marker of the Bakarwal males is their turban, called dastar. The women, too, wear a special cap, called the topi. They bury their dead, and perform special ceremonies on the fourth and fortieth days after death. They belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. Their literacy level is very low.


Ministry Obstacles

The Bakkawal people are said to have a very low literacy rate, and they live in an area that has little access to the good news of Christ. Kashmir has been the scene of much fighting between the government of India and Muslim separatists.


Outreach Ideas

Please pray for Gospel radio to become available in the mountains and valleys of Kashmir, in the languages of the people.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Even though there is probably not a single Christian believer today among the Bakkarwal people, please pray for a church planting movement to soon begin within this people group. The Lord is able to do this.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for a rising literacy rate among this pastoral group. Pray that parents will desire to provide schooling for their children and will find ways to accomplish this.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-26
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-08-26
People Name General Bakkarwal
People Name in Country Bakkarwal
Population in India 78,000
World Population 78,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names बक्करवाल
People ID 16305
ROP3 Code 111433
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Jammu and Kashmir (78,000)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kashmiri (41,000 speakers)
Language Code kas   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Gujari
(28,000)
Dogri
(3,500)
Urdu
(1,100)
Bhadrawahi
(900)
People Groups Speaking Kashmiri
Primary Language Kashmiri (41,000 speakers)
Language Code kas   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Gujari (28,000)
  Dogri (3,500)
  Urdu (1,100)
  Bhadrawahi (900)
People Groups Speaking Kashmiri

Primary Language:  Kashmiri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1813-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1813-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1899-2005)
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 Oral Bible stories in Kashmiri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kashmiri
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Forgiver (Indigitube.tv)
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.79 %
Islam
99.11 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
0.03 %
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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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