At the beginning of the 20th century, the Gagra people were nomadic people who hunted for a living. Some have merged with other hunting peoples, so their numbers are declining. Living in a densely populated part of the world like northern India, they eventually had to become more like the people around them. Most have taken low-paying and low social status jobs. They once used to catch and apply leeches to remove impure blood as a service. Those that live in cities are likely to be rickshaw pullers or sweepers, both low-status jobs.
They have many "gotras" or clan-based communities based on lineage. When looking for a mate, the Gagra people avoid members of their own gotra, but also the gotra of their mother's brother and father's brother. There is confusion about their religious affiliation, though they are listed as unreached Hindus. One source says that they used to marry according to Muslim traditions, but now use Sikh marriage ceremonies instead. (Most live in Punjab, India's only state with a Sikh majority). That same source says that they can be Hindu, Sikh, or Christian.
The Gagra people will accept the help of modern medical health centers, but they will not approach the police or courts for justice. It did not say why, but most likely they have had bad experiences with India's judicial system.
Though we know little about their religious affiliation, we know that they need Christ.
Pray that they will have the opportunity to experience Christ's lavish, limitless love.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|Persecution Rank||15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Eastern (1,300 speakers)|
|Language Code||pan Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Punjabi, Eastern|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1815-2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Eyes of the Heart (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Sikh Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Sikh Punjabi Music Video (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible (Bibles India)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|