Bakkarwal in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bakkarwal only in India
Population
78,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
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
People Name General Bakkarwal
People Name in Country Bakkarwal
Population in India 78,000
World Population 78,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names बक्करवाल
People ID 16305
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 1
Jammu and Kashmir (78,000)

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

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1813-1954)
New Testament Yes   (1813-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1899-2005)
 
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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