The Samagara are a hard working people. They have followed the Hindu religion for ages, never having embraced other religions.
They live mainly in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Their main occupation is the working of leather and manufacture of footwear popularly called Kolhapuri chappals. Presently a large number have switched over to other professions. Education among the present generation is on the rise.
A certain cluster of families is are highly educated and well settled.
Women join in the labor of the community and also wield power in making decisions.
In addition to Malayalam they also speak Kannada and Tula.
They have an unflinching faith in Hinduism. They are mostly devotees of Shiva and Durga. They worship in all types of temples. They conduct regular satsang on Sundays in Hyderabad.
They need financial help to rise out of poverty. Once given an opportunity, they will probably advance quickly.
Sing, K. S., ed. India's Communities, Vol. VI, Oxford University Press, USA (June 3, 1999). pg. 3112
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Samagara|
|People Name in Country||Samagara|
|Population in India||118,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Chamagar, Chambar, समगरा|
|Persecution Rank||15 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||7|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Kannada (82,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||kan Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Kannada|
Primary Language: Kannada
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1823-1995)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Fathers Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||Kannada Bible stories|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Kannada|
|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 Kannada|
|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||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bibles, Bible League|
|Text / Printed Matter||International Bible Society|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|