Budaga Jangam in India

The Budaga Jangam have only been reported in India
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Subgroups: 8

Subgroup Name Population
Ganachari 28,000
Ganakuma 28,000
Gurusthar 28,000
Churuku Jangam 2,200
Mulaka Jangam 2,200
Myasa 2,200
Nakka Jangam 2,200
Gurusthal Unknown

Introduction / History

The Beda Budiga Jangam entertain with their oral storytelling technique and beg money for their living. Usually, a band of two to three people join to perform this art form. They narrate Hindu mythological stories.

Begging money in costumes by daylight is called 'Pagati Veshalu'. Artists portray different characters by donning a costume and assuming another's role. In the evening, they perform dramas in colorful dress either in village panchayats or community halls.

Their job also includes performing dances, telling poems, singing songs and solo performances. By using all these means they propagate patriotic ideas of their nation.

Tambura is a musical string instrument with a hollow shell which is made up of either dried pumpkin or of wood and bronze. It is usually carried on the shoulders. They also wear anklets and metal rings on their hands. Ghumot is a drum made of an earthen pot with animal's skin as a drum membrane. A coat on their upper body and a turban on their heads is their style of dress.

Before they begin to tell a story, music is played on tambura and at the perfect timing, the story begins. Jokes are also a part of their act. In the middle of the story they perform comedy, mostly from the elements within the story. All the way through, they rhythmically play the instruments to add more beauty to their performance.

Their survival depends on the generosity of their audience. They go around to beg money from village to village and even in small towns. They live in poor tents made of date palm leaves. They barely earn to have proper clothing and good food. They live like outcastes in society and have no interest in education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They believe in gods - Shiva, Shakthi and Panchacharyas. Peddagusai is one of their deities to which they offer pigs as a seasonal sacrifice. They do have a special language but without script. They strictly adhere to the practices and principles of their community. The community elders are the ultimate authority and their words are law.

Budega Jangam which is also called 'Balasantha' community in the village of Tharigoppula in Narmetta Mandal in Warangal of Telangana State, India was reached with the gospel in the 1980s through missionary efforts, particularly through a holistic adult literacy program.

Five young men named Matthew, Mark Luke, Yohan and Elisha who benefitted from literacy opened their spiritual eyes and received Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. This brought a great holistic change in their lives and also impacted the whole community of 30 families who were the generation of one man, Balaiah. As a result of it 150 people came to Christ and began a church in their community. Yohan, a neo-literate, who at a later stage acquired the skills of literacy, became the first pastor of the church. The holistic transformation impacted them so radically that their lifestyle itself changed greatly with a living relationship with Christ.

After experiencing the saving grace of Jesus Christ, they have given up alcohol consumption, which was one of the daunting life habits. Even their relationships have improved drastically, living in harmony with peace and joy. Even their mode of survival has been changed. Instead of begging they have adopted various dignified ways of earning money. They don't have to depend solely on Burra Katha, street dramas, dancing, and singing now. They have begun to live by selling, making plastic, steel and other domestic utensils. Some have learned the skills of repairing gas stoves and are earning a good income for their survival. Many of them became farmers and owned fields. Some of them have become politicians and money lenders too.

They have decent houses with two and three bedrooms.They own not just bicycles but motorbikes, cars, tractors and harvesting machines.

Today here are 105 families in the same village worshipping in two churches. Once they thought of education as unimportant but today, they are ignited by the essential need of it in the current scenario. So, they are now sending their children to schools to acquire education and some of them are now graduates.

In Madikonda, the gospel was first preached to this group by Markandaiah an evangelist in 1993. He established a church at Manikonda where about 500 believers gather to worship the Lord today. The response was so encouraging that he began to minister to this community in different locations such as Warangal, Jangaon, and about twenty-five other villages and towns in the Telangana state. Today, 5,000 people came to Christ and are worshipping Him. Solomon is one of the beneficiaries of his ministry efforts. He is ministering among the Budega Jangala in Atmakur. He has planted four churches in Atmakur, Aleru, Koratikala and Ambala-Anantharam villages. More than 500 believers were baptized and are worshipping in a church in Athmakur. While in other places there are 50 to 200 baptized believers. Some of them are serving the Lord faithfully in their own community.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Budaga Jangam in India.


Profile Source:   Solomon Kondapalli  

People Name General Budaga Jangam
People Name in Country Budaga Jangam
World Population 302,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Andi; Ayya; Badgi Jangam; Beda Budega Jangam; Beda Budiga Jangam; Budaga Janam; Budaga Jangalu; Budaga Jangam; Budga Jangam; Budiga Jangam; Devar; Devera; Jangalu; Jangam; Jangama; Jhangam; Kuruvikkaran; Nakkala; Nakkalavandlu; Tambiran; Tolubomalawaru; Veerasaiva; Veerasaiva Jangam; बेड़ा जंगम
People ID 16366
ROP3 Code 111508
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Dalit - other
People Group Budaga Jangam
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 8
  Ganachari 28,000
  Ganakuma 28,000
  Gurusthar 28,000
  Churuku Jangam 2,200
  Mulaka Jangam 2,200
  Myasa 2,200
  Nakka Jangam 2,200
  Gurusthal 0
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 on file 11
Largest States
Karnataka
129,000
Telangana
111,000
Maharashtra
27,000
Odisha
15,000
Andhra Pradesh
11,000
Tamil Nadu
7,400
Goa
1,400
Madhya Pradesh
1,200
Gujarat
100
Chhattisgarh
100
Puducherry
20
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 11
  Karnataka 129,000
  Telangana 111,000
  Maharashtra 27,000
  Odisha 15,000
  Andhra Pradesh 11,000
  Tamil Nadu 7,400
  Goa 1,400
  Madhya Pradesh 1,200
  Gujarat 100
  Chhattisgarh 100
  Puducherry 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (140,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Kannada
132,000
Marathi
9,900
Odia
5,200
Tamil
2,100
Hindi
900
Konkani, Goan
700
Konkani
700
Kui
200
Gujarati
100
Kurux
90
Chhattisgarhi
90
Vaagri Booli
70
Nimadi
60
Kui, Dawik
40
Primary Language Telugu (140,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 132,000
  Marathi 9,900
  Odia 5,200
  Tamil 2,100
  Hindi 900
  Konkani, Goan 700
  Konkani 700
  Kui 200
  Gujarati 100
  Kurux 90
  Chhattisgarhi 90
  Vaagri Booli 70
  Nimadi 60
  Kui, Dawik 40
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Phanidhar 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Solomon Kondapalli  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.