Panchama in India

The Panchama have only been reported in India
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Introduction

The term "Panchama" is sometimes used to include several people groups ("communities") in the Untouchables, or Dalit, class of people. "Harijan" is another term which has been used for this category. "Panchama" means the fifth one, referring to a non-existent fifth varna, or social class in the caste system, below the other four varnas. As used here, Panchama refers to only one people group, living in several southern districts of India. Many work as farm laborers. Lord Venkatesh-war is considered their patron deity. Village deities such as Sub-balamma and Kanakadurgamma are worshipped. The people are served by Brahmin priests, Dasari priests, washer-men and barbers.


Ministry Obstacles

Hinduism presents a very different picture of eternal realities than does the Christian Bible. It's difficult for people to change their understanding this radically and it usually doesn't occur swiftly.


Outreach Ideas

Poor and downtrodden people are often those most responsive to the Gospel message. Even though there likely are no followers of Jesus among these people today, we should pray the Lord will send workers soon to tell them about new life in Christ. Oral communication is likely to be the most effective approach.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

It's not too early to pray for those in this community who will soon come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Pray the Lord will send pastors to shepherd them and teach them accurately.


Pray for the Entire People Group

One of the alternate names for the Panchama people is "Pariah", meaning outsider or castaway. Please pray for the Panchamas to be brought into God's family, accepted as beloved children of God, no longer outsiders.


Scripture Prayers for the Panchama in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Panchama
People Name in Country Panchama
World Population 4,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Pariah, पांचमा
People ID 17826
ROP3 Code 113299
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 9
Largest States
Puducherry
1,200
Odisha
1,000
Andhra Pradesh
900
Karnataka
500
Maharashtra
200
Kerala
70
Tamil Nadu
50
Telangana
40
Goa
30
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 9
  Puducherry 1,200
  Odisha 1,000
  Andhra Pradesh 900
  Karnataka 500
  Maharashtra 200
  Kerala 70
  Tamil Nadu 50
  Telangana 40
  Goa 30
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (3,300 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Kannada
400
Odia
300
Malayalam
40
Tamil
30
Primary Language Telugu (3,300 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 400
  Odia 300
  Malayalam 40
  Tamil 30
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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
0.27 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.73 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.