Ager (Hindu traditions) in India

The Ager (Hindu traditions) have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Ager people's name comes from the word "agara" meaning "salt pan." They are salt manufacturers who live mainly in certain coastal districts of Karnataka, though some live further north in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Many of them use their community name as a surname, so anyone who calls themselves Ager is probably from this salt-making community. Few of them own land. Though they eat wheat and rice as their staple cereals, the Ager people enjoy fish and wild game when they get a chance to eat it.

They only practice adult marriage. The bride price and dowry are paid both in cash and goods. After the marriage, the couple lives close to the groom's family. Everyone in an Ager family might work; men, women and children.

The Agers are Hindus who worship a number of local and regional gods and celebrate Hindu festivals. Some consult witchdoctors. This community is open to having their children educated, but they often drop out. Missionaries have provided them with medical care and educational opportunities. Thanks to mission efforts, a few Ager people have embraced Christ, though the numbers are so small that they are still considered to be an unreached people group.


References

Some information from "The Scheduled Castes" K. S. Singh, ed. Oxford University Press, USA (1994)


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Ager (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Ager (Hindu traditions)
Population in India 24,000
World Population 24,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Agri, Kharwal, Mith Agri, Noongar, Sisodia Rajput, अगेर (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 19163
ROP3 Code 111279
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Karnataka
8,700
Maharashtra
7,700
Rajasthan
2,700
Gujarat
1,400
Goa
1,300
Delhi
1,200
Uttar Pradesh
900
Dadra and Nagar Have
200
Uttarakhand
100
Tamil Nadu
100
Punjab
100
West Bengal
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 12
  Karnataka 8,700
  Maharashtra 7,700
  Rajasthan 2,700
  Gujarat 1,400
  Goa 1,300
  Delhi 1,200
  Uttar Pradesh 900
  Dadra and Nagar Have 200
  Uttarakhand 100
  Tamil Nadu 100
  Punjab 100
  West Bengal 20
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kannada (6,800 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Marathi
5,000
Hindi
3,100
Konkani
2,900
Sindhi
2,100
Gujarati
1,700
Konkani, Goan
1,200
Kacchi
600
Marwari
500
Dhundari
300
Punjabi, Eastern
70
Mewari
50
Bagri
50
Kumaoni
50
Wagdi
Primary Language Kannada (6,800 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 5,000
  Hindi 3,100
  Konkani 2,900
  Sindhi 2,100
  Gujarati 1,700
  Konkani, Goan 1,200
  Kacchi 600
  Marwari 500
  Dhundari 300
  Punjabi, Eastern 70
  Mewari 50
  Bagri 50
  Kumaoni 50
  Wagdi 10
People Groups Speaking Kannada

Primary Language:  Kannada

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1823-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1831-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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 / 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
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
1.14 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
98.86 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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