Bakkarwal in India

The Bakkarwal have only been reported in India
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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 113,000
World Population 113,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names बक्करवाल
People ID 16305
ROP3 Code 111433
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)
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 1
  Jammu and Kashmir 113,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Gujari (52,000 speakers)
Language Code gju   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Kashmiri
53,000
Dogri
6,400
Bhadrawahi
700
Urdu
400
Primary Language Gujari (52,000 speakers)
Language Code gju   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Kashmiri 53,000
  Dogri 6,400
  Bhadrawahi 700
  Urdu 400
People Groups Speaking Gujari

Primary Language:  Gujari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.02 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
1.24 %
Islam
98.66 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.02 %
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
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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