Madiga (Christian traditions) in India

The Madiga (Christian traditions) 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

The Madiga people are shoemakers of the southeast Indian states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Madiga are classified as a Scheduled Caste Community. Traditionally the Madiga are considered Dalits doing unclean jobs that higher caste Hindus will not do. As a Schedules Caste the Madiga are given public jobs and special consideration for university admissions. Unfortunately, many of the Madiga are unable to read or write.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The houses of the Madiga are located in the outskirts of villages. They do jobs connected with leather and dead cattle which is repugnant to Hindus. The Madiga make shoes, belts and other leather materials. Most Madiga live in poverty. They also play 'tappeta' a hand drum for their village deities on Hindu holidays. The Madiga also perform duties that prepares corpses for cremation.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of the Madiga are Hindus. Smaller groups claim to be Christians and Muslims. The Madiga also are influenced by folk religion, the belief that spirits inhabit the objects of nature.


What Are Their Needs?

Though many of the Madiga have converted to Christianity, they remain nominal believers who need revival, education, new jobs skills and strong, growing churches.


Prayer Points

Pray for a disciple making movement among the Madiga people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Madiga people to meet their spiritual and physical needs. Pray that the Madiga would learn to read so they can read the Bible for themselves.


Scripture Prayers for the Madiga (Christian traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Madiga (Christian traditions)
People Name in Country Madiga (Christian traditions)
Pronunciation MAH-dee-gah
Population this Country 756,000
Population all Countries 756,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Adi Jambava; Arundhatiyan; Gosangi; Jambavu; Jambavulu; Madgi; Madigollu; Matangulu; Mathanpa; Putunbhatta; Sindholu; माडीगा (क्रिस्चियन ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16625
ROP3 Code 111834
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 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Telangana
327,000
Andhra Pradesh
315,000
Karnataka
91,000
Tamil Nadu
6,500
Maharashtra
2,800
Odisha
1,900
Chhattisgarh
1,500
West Bengal
1,000
Puducherry
600
Jharkhand
600
Delhi
500
Kerala
400
Madhya Pradesh
400
Gujarat
300
Assam
200
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 18
  Telangana 327,000
  Andhra Pradesh 315,000
  Karnataka 91,000
  Tamil Nadu 6,500
  Maharashtra 2,800
  Odisha 1,900
  Chhattisgarh 1,500
  West Bengal 1,000
  Puducherry 600
  Jharkhand 600
  Delhi 500
  Kerala 400
  Madhya Pradesh 400
  Gujarat 300
  Assam 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (608,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Kannada
26,000
English
7,100
Konkani, Goan
60
Konkani
Primary Language Telugu (608,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 26,000
  English 7,100
  Konkani, Goan 60
  Konkani 10
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  (1854-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Story Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more