Soligar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Soligar only in India
Population
5,200
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Biligiri Ranga(BR) Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is situated between the Western and the Eastern Ghats on the banks of river Cauvery in Kemmannagundi district, Karnataka. This wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 540 square kilometers and is covered with mixed deciduous forest. It is also the hub of varied species of wildlife and is rich in flora and fauna. The Sholaga people have made this region, which is spread across the South Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, their home. However the majority of them are concentrated in and around the BR Hills in Karnataka. Their name Sholaga means 'people of the bamboo', derived from their belief that their ancestors originated from bamboo. Sholaga believe that human life is intertwined with the eco-system. Their love for nature is reflected in their local tribal laws, such as that fruits and berries should be harvested only from the trees that flower in abundance, and very ripe or raw fruits should not be collected. These people are basically hunter-gatherers whose lives are solely dependent on forest produce.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sholaga community is Hindu by faith: they are pious and follow the religious traditions very carefully. There is no effective missionary work among the Sholaga, though a few nongovernmental organizations work among them. Entry into this tribal area is highly restricted, so reaching them becomes all the more difficult. High levels of illiteracy and difficulty in accessing them pose challenges for any mission work.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sholaga people's literacy level is just average, though many are proficient in the spoken form of Kannada. There are a few primary schools in the Sholaga tribal area, but they have to travel out of their neighborhood to continue their higher education as there are no high schools near them. Many of the Sholaga are illiterate and they drop out of school for various socioeconomic reasons.


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People Name General Soligar
People Name in Country Soligar
Population in India 5,200
World Population 5,200
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Gowda, Makkalu, Malaival, Malaival Makkalu, Sholaga, Sholagar, Sholigar, Solaga, Soligaru, Urali, Urali Gounder, Urali Sholagar, Urali Solagar, सोलीगर
People ID 18148
ROP3 Code 113656
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 4
Largest States
Tamil Nadu
(4,800)
Karnataka
(300)
Telangana
(40)
Puducherry
(20)
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 4
  Tamil Nadu (4,800)
  Karnataka (300)
  Telangana (40)
  Puducherry (20)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Sholaga (3,600 speakers)
Language Code sle   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Tamil
(600)
Telugu
(400)
Kannada
(300)
Marathi
(30)
Tulu Konkani
Bhili Hindi Malayalam
Urdu
People Groups Speaking Sholaga
Primary Language Sholaga (3,600 speakers)
Language Code sle   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Tamil (600)
  Telugu (400)
  Kannada (300)
  Marathi (30)
  Tulu (10)
  Konkani (0)
  Bhili (0)
  Hindi (0)
  Malayalam (0)
  Urdu
People Groups Speaking Sholaga

Primary Language:  Sholaga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.13 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.76 %
Islam
0.10 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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