Vaghri (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan


Population
6,500
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Vagri (a Scheduled Caste in India) are said to have derived their name from the Sanskrit wagura, meaning a net; and Vagri are said to have gotten this name because many Vagri were professional hunters. Vagris are further divided into five main sub-castes. During the Colonial period, Vagri were listed under the Criminal Tribes Act, 1871, as being a tribe "addicted to the systematic commission of non-bailable offences." They suffered greatly as a result of this decision, and are still suffering the consequences. In Pakistan, they are landless and have been subject to discrimination at the hands of the locally powerful Sodha Rajput community. Like those in India, the Pakistan Vagri are Hindu.


Ministry Obstacles

Lack of workers is an obstacle to the advance of the Gospel in all nations of the world, but especially so in South Asia.


Outreach Ideas

Please pray the Vaghri will discover the availability of the Jesus film, Gospel recordings and scripture on the Internet. Pray that many, many people will download or listen to these materials and that the Lord will give them understanding.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no Christians among the Vaghri, according to the census of Pakistan and India. There may be a few secret believers, and they need prayer.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for improved employment opportunities for the Vaghri community, and for rapidly rising literacy rates, especially among the youth.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-28
People Name General Vaghri (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Vaghri (Hindu traditions)
Population in Pakistan 6,500
World Population 591,500
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bagri, Baori, Bella, Betigar, Datia, Malia, Murli, Salar, Salat, Vagher, Vagri, Vavania, Vedu, Wadvi, Wagher, Waghri, Waghya, Wagri, Wather, वाघरि (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स))
People ID 18290
ROP3 Code 110482
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sindh
(6,500)
Punjab
(30)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sindh (6,500)
  Punjab (30)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Vaghri (4,200 speakers)
Language Code vgr   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
(1,500)
Koli, Kachi
(300)
Kacchi
(100)
Saraiki
(100)
People Groups Speaking Vaghri
Primary Language Vaghri (4,200 speakers)
Language Code vgr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi (1,500)
  Koli, Kachi (300)
  Kacchi (100)
  Saraiki (100)
People Groups Speaking Vaghri

Primary Language:  Vaghri

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 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 %
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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