Dakkal in India

The Dakkal 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

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.


Scripture Prayers for the Dakkal in India.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest  

People Name General Dakkal
People Name in Country Dakkal
Population this Country 6,600
Population all Countries 6,600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dakaleru; Dakalwad; Dakkala; Dakkali; Dakkaliga; Dakkalwar; Dhakkalas; Dokkalwar; डक्काल
People ID 16661
ROP3 Code 111875
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 8
Largest States
Telangana
3,000
Andhra Pradesh
1,500
Maharashtra
1,100
Karnataka
600
Tamil Nadu
200
Gujarat
70
Goa
20
Odisha
20
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 8
  Telangana 3,000
  Andhra Pradesh 1,500
  Maharashtra 1,100
  Karnataka 600
  Tamil Nadu 200
  Gujarat 70
  Goa 20
  Odisha 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (5,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Kannada
500
Marathi
300
Tulu
Primary Language Telugu (5,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 500
  Marathi 300
  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  (1854-2022)
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: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.93 %
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 Global Prayer Digest  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more