Madiga (Hindu traditions) in India

The Madiga (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Madiga people are a scheduled caste, which means they have very little status in India.


Where Are they Located?

They are found mainly in the southern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and also Maharashtra. In Andhra Pradesh, they are also called Adi Andhra, and Jambvalu. They live mainly in the rural regions.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditional work of Madiga people is making footwear, leather work and tanning. The women help in hide tanning, and act as midwives. They work in agriculture, though not many own their own land. In urban regions, many work in industry. They are not vegetarians, and they eat beef, and rice cereal. They are usually less than average in height.

Madiga people speak, read, and write Telugu, and also Tamil. This is important, because audio and visual Bible resources are available both of these large languages. They are not all literate.

Marriage is permitted among cousins. Marriages are usually arranged by exchange or by discussion among family members. Divorce is not allowed, but the bereaved may remarry. Inheritance goes to the oldest son.

A traditional caste council judges in disputes among Madiga people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Madiga people are mostly Hindus, though they are not vegetarian. Some are Buddhists, and it is reported that many have become Christians.


What Are Their Needs?

Though Madiga people speak many languages in their localities, Bible audio and written resources are not available in every language they speak. Since their literacy rate is low, there is a particular need for audio resources in a language that they are able to understand, if not their own heart language.
They need to understand that the gods they worship cannot give them eternal life, nor can they correct their sin issues.


Prayer Points

* Pray that those who are true believers will lead those who are not to an understanding of the true creator God who loves them and paid the penalty for their sins. Pray for new church planting activities among them.

* Pray that Christ followers will have a major positive influence in every area of Madiga community life.

* Pray that increased educational opportunities among Madiga people will improve their quality of life.

* Pray that their need for literacy skills will be met by disciples who can help them with reading and basic skills.


References

Singh, K.S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford university Press, USA 1999
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2016/10/17


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Madiga (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Madiga (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 7,461,000
World Population 7,461,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 149
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Adi Andhra, Adi Jambava, Adi-Jambava Matanga, Arundhatiya, Arundhatiyan, Baineedu, Gosangi, Jambava, Jambavalu, Jambavu, Jamuni, Madari, Madgi, Madigollu, Mathanga, Mathanpa, Purunbhatta, Tambuva, माडीगा (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17397
ROP3 Code 112795
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Madiga (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN23d
Total Subgroups on file 41
Largest Subgroups
(only 15 largest shown)
Penda
37,000
Godari
20,000
Patella
500
Thoti
500
Kongadi
20
Anpa
0
Ashadoru
0
Bedar
0
Bengali
0
Bhumi Dhompthi
0
Bindlawad
0
Chandarapu
0
Chatla
0
Chela Domati
0
Dakkalwad
0
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Telugu
People Group Madiga (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN23d
Total Subgroups 41 (only 15 largest shown)
  Penda 37,000
  Godari 20,000
  Patella 500
  Thoti 500
  Kongadi 20
  Anpa 0
  Ashadoru 0
  Bedar 0
  Bengali 0
  Bhumi Dhompthi 0
  Bindlawad 0
  Chandarapu 0
  Chatla 0
  Chela Domati 0
  Dakkalwad 0
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 30
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Telangana
3,618,000
Andhra Pradesh
3,268,000
Karnataka
521,000
Maharashtra
11,000
West Bengal
10,000
Tamil Nadu
8,200
Chhattisgarh
6,000
Jharkhand
3,400
Kerala
2,700
Odisha
2,700
Delhi
2,400
Gujarat
2,100
Madhya Pradesh
2,000
Assam
1,100
Uttar Pradesh
600
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 30  (only 20 largest shown)
  Telangana 3,618,000
  Andhra Pradesh 3,268,000
  Karnataka 521,000
  Maharashtra 11,000
  West Bengal 10,000
  Tamil Nadu 8,200
  Chhattisgarh 6,000
  Jharkhand 3,400
  Kerala 2,700
  Odisha 2,700
  Delhi 2,400
  Gujarat 2,100
  Madhya Pradesh 2,000
  Assam 1,100
  Uttar Pradesh 600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (7,119,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
English
458,000
Kannada
190,000
Konkani, Goan
400
Konkani
200
Odia
200
Tulu
200
Other People Groups Speaking Telugu
Primary Language Telugu (7,119,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  English 458,000
  Kannada 190,000
  Konkani, Goan 400
  Konkani 200
  Odia 200
  Tulu 200
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 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 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 (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's 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
0.09 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.21 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.71 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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