Mudugar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Mudugar only in India
Population
2,200
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Attappady, one of the prominent forest regions of the Palghat district of Kerala, is home to several scheduled tribes. One of them is the Mudugar, whose living standards in the remote forest settlements are way behind the mainstream. The Mudugar are also found in the Nilgiris and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu. The Mudugar are believed to be the earliest immigrants to this region from the Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. The Mudugar have a superior attitude to the Irulas and the Kurumbas, the other two neighbouring tribes of that region, but they help each other in agricultural operations, hunting, fishing, etc.

Mudugar lifestyle has not changed much by contact with more civilized people or by any of the welfare schemes which the Government has implemented for the development of the tribes. Their occupations include agriculture, hunting, and fishing. Siva is their supreme god, who they revere, and they follow all the associated rituals. Pilgrimage to the 'malliswaran' peak deep inside the Attappady hills is made once a year. However, their religion is a mixture of Animism and Hinduism, with the former dominating. The Mudugar's language, Muduga, is very different from Malayalam or Tamil, the state languages of these people.

The Mudugar are shy and they do not like the company of the nontribal people of the plains. Hence they live deep inside the forest, which makes access to them more difficult. Although a lot of missionary work is done in this area, not much has been done exclusively for them until recently. A few years ago, a mission agency sent evangelists to reach them with Gospel. Those who have come to the Lord through their ministries worship in local churches.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mudugar
People Name in Country Mudugar
Population in India 2,200
World Population 2,200
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Mudukar, Muduvan, Muduvar, Muthuvar, मुदुगर
People ID 17697
ROP3 Code 113143
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
(1,700)
Kerala
(400)
Maharashtra
(80)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Tamil Nadu (1,700)
  Kerala (400)
  Maharashtra (80)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Tamil (1,600 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Malayalam
(400)
Marathi
(70)
Kannada
Telugu Urdu
People Groups Speaking Tamil
Primary Language Tamil (1,600 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Malayalam (400)
  Marathi (70)
  Kannada (10)
  Telugu
  Urdu
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1727-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
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 Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Old Version Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.89 %
Islam
1.11 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Philipose Vaidyar   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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