Nagarchi (Hindu traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 4

Subgroup Name Population
Badyakar 29,000
Telha 6,200
Dhuria 6,100
Senduri 5,500

Introduction / History

The Nagarchi are a people who live in northeast India. Their name comes from a word for kettledrum, "nagara." The Nagarchi make these drums and play them at both Hindu and Muslim festivals and significant family events. Another use of these drums was as a type of clock. The Nagarchi would beat the drums at sunrise and sunset. Still another use of the kettledrums was at the entrance of palaces and forts at the coming and going of dignitaries. Nagarchi women often served in villages as midwives for the poorer castes.

The Nagarchi fall into the Scheduled Caste classification. They are eligible for special consideration for public jobs and university admissions. Many of the Nagarchi are illiterate, a problem which the Indian government and many nongovernmental organizations are trying to alleviate.

The two primary languages of the Nagarchi are Hindi and Chhattisgarhi.


Where Are they Located?

The Nagarchi live in the northeastern Indian states of Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Jharkhand.


What Are Their Lives Like?

While the Nagarchi's traditional occupation was as drummers, today most Nagarchi work in agriculture and raising animals. They reside in villages with other castes. The Nagarchi marry within their group but not within the same clan. Sons inherit an equal share of their father's property. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. The newly married couple lives with or near the groom's parents.

The Nagarchi are not vegetarians but as Hindus will not eat beef. If they live with or near Muslims, they will not eat pork so as to not offend they neighbors.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nagarchi practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Some Hindus see them are nominal Hindus because they will play their drums at Muslim events.

The Nagarchi worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Nagarchi visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Nagarchi people are Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Nagarchi need to hear and to respond to the message of Jesus Christ. They need help in educating their children. They need help in learning job skills to they can escape the poverty in which many of them live. Medical workers can bring to them the benefits of modern medicine. Many of their villages do not have access to clean water and electricity.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Nagarchi (Hindu traditions) in India.

* Pray that the tiny number of Nagarchi who are believers would be established in the faith and share the good news with their brothers and sisters.
* Ask God to deliver families and communities within the Nagarchi people from fears that hinder them from embracing His blessings.
* Pray that the Nagarchi begin to play their drums for the one, true God of the Bible.


References

globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2012/10/31
joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17741
joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17741/BG
peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=49750


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-31
People Name General Nagarchi (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Nagarchi (Hindu traditions)
World Population 169,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Badyakar, Bajandar, Dhuli, Dhulia, Nagara, Nagarji, Nagesia, Natta, Shabdakar, नागरची (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17741
ROP3 Code 113199
Country India
Region South Asia
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 10
Largest States
Chhattisgarh
114,000
West Bengal
16,000
Jharkhand
15,000
Odisha
2,400
Tripura
500
Madhya Pradesh
500
Rajasthan
500
Bihar
400
Maharashtra
300
Andaman and Nicobar
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Chhattisgarh 114,000
  West Bengal 16,000
  Jharkhand 15,000
  Odisha 2,400
  Tripura 500
  Madhya Pradesh 500
  Rajasthan 500
  Bihar 400
  Maharashtra 300
  Andaman and Nicobar 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (94,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Chhattisgarhi
32,000
Sadri
11,000
Bengali
5,100
Kurux
2,600
Santhali
2,500
Odia
2,200
Magahi
1,100
Marathi
300
Munda
200
Punjabi, Eastern
100
Nepali
70
Korwa
40
Gujarati
40
Mundari
20
Tamil
20
Primary Language Hindi (94,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 32
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Chhattisgarhi 32,000
  Sadri 11,000
  Bengali 5,100
  Kurux 2,600
  Santhali 2,500
  Odia 2,200
  Magahi 1,100
  Marathi 300
  Munda 200
  Punjabi, Eastern 100
  Nepali 70
  Korwa 40
  Gujarati 40
  Mundari 20
  Tamil 20
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video A Pilgrimage (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Aasha - Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Coconuts (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Haqeeqat Episode 6 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Ten Virgins (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Final Prodigal (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.72 %
Islam
0.12 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
2.50 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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