Dakkal in India

Joshua Project has identified the Dakkal only in India
Population
7,400
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Dakkalas collect alms from the Madiga community. Before they get the alms, the Dakkalas must tell genealogies and folk tales. Typically a Dakkala individual may visit a village for one or two days. Madigas give them food, presents, and money. In return, the Dakkalas entertain them by telling tales, singing folk songs, and reciting genealogies. It usually takes another year before the Dakkalas return to the same village.


Where Are they Located?

The Dakkalas live in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka. They speak Telegu, the language of Andhra Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Dakkalas supplement their income by raising pigs for food and donkeys as pack animals. They use their donkeys to transport goods for merchants. Their women sometimes earn money by working as farm laborers, and by selling palm leaf mats that they weave together. They have traditionally been nomadic, but some are settling down.


What Are Their Beliefs?

This Hindu community of 6,200 worships both Hindu gods and village deities.


What Are Their Needs?

A good way to reach them would be through story telling and music, two ways to communicate that they have made into an art.


Prayer Points

* Pray for creative ambassadors of Christ to go to the Dakkala people with stories and songs that can lead them to the foot of the cross.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Dakkal
People Name in Country Dakkal
Population in India 7,400
World Population 7,400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Dakaleru, Dakalwad, Dakkala, Dakkali, Dakkaliga, Dakkalwar, Dhakkalas, Dokkalwar, डक्काल
People ID 16661
ROP3 Code 111875
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Telangana
(2,700)
Maharashtra
(2,100)
Karnataka
(1,400)
Andhra Pradesh
(900)
Tamil Nadu
(200)
Gujarat
(60)
Goa
(20)
Odisha
(20)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Telangana (2,700)
  Maharashtra (2,100)
  Karnataka (1,400)
  Andhra Pradesh (900)
  Tamil Nadu (200)
  Gujarat (60)
  Goa (20)
  Odisha (20)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (5,600 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Marathi
(900)
Kannada
(600)
Tulu
People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (5,600 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Marathi (900)
  Kannada (600)
  Tulu (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   (1854-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers 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 (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.94 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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