Panchama in India

Joshua Project has identified the Panchama only in India
Population
15,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Panchama
People Name in Country Panchama
Population in India 15,000
World Population 15,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Pariah, पांचमा
People ID 17826
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 9
Largest States
Andhra Pradesh (8,000) Tamil Nadu (2,400) Puducherry (1,300)
Karnataka (1,100) Odisha (1,000) Telangana (900)
Maharashtra (200) Kerala (70) Goa (30)
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 9
Andhra Pradesh (8,000) Tamil Nadu (2,400)
Puducherry (1,300) Karnataka (1,100)
Odisha (1,000) Telangana (900)
Maharashtra (200) Kerala (70)
Goa (30)

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Primary Language: Telugu (13,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tel   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (700) Kannada (600) Oriya (300)
Malayalam (40)
Primary Language: Telugu (13,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (700) Kannada (600)
Oriya (300) Malayalam (40)
Primary Language: Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1812-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-2002)
Audio Bible 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 Online New Testament (FCBH)
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 Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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