Tribal Thoti in India

The Thoti, tribal have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Thoti are a small group of tribal people who live in southeast India. Most have integrated into Indian society and become Hindus. Many now work as agricultural laborers. A smaller portion of the Thoti people still lives as a tribal people in the forests of Telangana. The Indian government has classified the Thoti as a Scheduled Tribe, which gives them public jobs and special consideration for university admissions. A large proportion of the Thoti are unable to read and write.
The two main languages of the Thoti are Telegu and Tamil. Many Christian resources are available in both languages.


Where Are they Located?

This tribe lives mainly in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, states in southeastern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Thoti are a tribal people in transition. Many have left the tribal lands seeking a better life in more urban areas of southeast India. Most of these people are working as agricultural laborers as they lack education necessary for most jobs in modern India.

Thoti women were traditionally tattoo artists for the larger Gond tribes. Some still practice this trade while others work as domestics or in farming.

Since the Thoti are a tribal people, they are considered outside of the Hindu caste system. This means they are viewed as Dalits, even lower than the lowest caste of Shudras. They face discrimination is getting jobs and gaining entrance to school for their children.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Thoti tribe practices Hinduism missed with animism. They worship and serve selected gods of the Hindu pantheon. They offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefit. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Thoti people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Thoti need schools for their children. They need access to modern medicine. They need to learn how to read and write. They need to learn new jobs skills. Most of all, the Thoti need to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can get them right with the one, true God of the Bible.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thoti, tribal in India.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Thoti people for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Thoti families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Thoti people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Thoti people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoti
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321216753_Demographic_Profile_of_Thoti_-_A_Primitive_Tribal_Population_of_Andhra_Pradesh
https://www.indiantribalheritage.org/?tag=thoti
https://www.worldcat.org/title/thoti-tribe-of-andhra-pradesh-a-demo-genetic-study/oclc/56368695
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/indias-endangered-tribal-groups-see-rise-in-population/articleshow/22046702.cms?from=mdr


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thoti, tribal
People Name in Country Thoti, tribal
Natural Name Tribal Thoti
World Population 5,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Paki; Paky; तोती, ट्राइब
People ID 18249
ROP3 Code 113781
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 3
Largest States
Telangana
4,800
Maharashtra
200
Tamil Nadu
80
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 3
  Telangana 4,800
  Maharashtra 200
  Tamil Nadu 80
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (2,300 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Gondi, Northern
1,900
Gondi, Aheri
600
Marathi
200
Hindi
40
Gondi, Adilabad
10
Konkani
10
Bhili
Primary Language Telugu (2,300 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Gondi, Northern 1,900
  Gondi, Aheri 600
  Marathi 200
  Hindi 40
  Gondi, Adilabad 10
  Konkani 10
  Bhili 0
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  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
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
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.28 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.31 %
Islam
0.55 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.10 %
Unknown
0.73 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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