During the British colonial era, the Bagdi people were labeled a criminal tribe. They still hold the tribal label, but they are no longer feared as criminals the way they were 100 years ago. There are 14 Bagdi sub-groups which are even further subdivided. Most are Hindu, but some are Sikh.
The Bagdi peoples are very complicated. Though they are Dalits, many in India believe that the Bagdis are the descendants of a union between a Kshatriya father and a Vaishya mother, both of which are forward castes.
Bagdi Sikhs live in a small part of India’s Punjab, the birthplace of Sikhism. This is far from the Hindu Bagdis who live on the other side of the country in West Bengal.
Most of them now live by fishing and making fish nets. Some work as agricultural and masonry laborers. Few of them get more than a couple of years of education. However, some are beginning to advance in areas of economics and politics.
Most Bagdi people are Hindu, but a very small number are Sikhs. Sikhism originated from a 15th century teacher named Guru Nanak Dev as a reform movement. He rejected the Hindu caste system, taught that all people were equal and that all have equal access to God. The Sikh God is formless, without gender and is to be found in everyone. One gets closer to God by living a good life and by practicing charity. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in reincarnation and the law of karma; you reap what you sow in your previous life. Like Muslims, the Sikhs worship only one God.
One may recognize a Sikh man by his distinctive turban. All the 10 great Sikh gurus wore turbans. Sikh teaching mandates that a person not cut his or her hair. They worship their holy book, the Granth Sahib, which is a collection of hymns.
There are roughly the same number of Sikhs as there are Jews in the world, but Sikhs are most concentrated in Punjab, their homeland. However, you will find smaller numbers of Sikhs all over the world. Many of the best Indian restaurants in the West are owned and operated by Sikhs.
The Bagdi people need to be given the chance to allow Jesus Christ to provide them with abundant life and eternal salvation.
* Scripture Prayers for the Bagdi (Sikh traditions) in India.
* Pray for the Bagdi culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Sikh Bagdi family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Sikh Bagdi people.
* Pray that soon the Bagdi people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Bagdi (Sikh traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Bagdi (Sikh traditions)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||बागदी (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Eastern (500 speakers)|
|Language Code||pan Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Eastern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1815-2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Eyes of the Heart|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Eastern|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Satsung of the Sadguru Jesus|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||Who Can Help You?|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download Bible from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Panjabi|
|Text / Printed Matter||OneHope resources for children and youth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online New Testament (Bibles India)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Primary Religion:||Other / Small|