Ager (Hindu traditions) in India

Joshua Project has identified the Ager (Hindu traditions) only in India
Population
25,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 25,000
World Population 25,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 12
Largest States
Karnataka
(9,000)
Maharashtra
(8,000)
Rajasthan
(2,600)
Gujarat
(1,400)
Goa
(1,400)
Delhi
(1,300)
Uttar Pradesh
(900)
Dadra and Nagar Have
(200)
Punjab
(100)
Uttarakhand
(100)
Tamil Nadu
(100)
West Bengal
(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 12
  Karnataka (9,000)
  Maharashtra (8,000)
  Rajasthan (2,600)
  Gujarat (1,400)
  Goa (1,400)
  Delhi (1,300)
  Uttar Pradesh (900)
  Dadra and Nagar Have (200)
  Punjab (100)
  Uttarakhand (100)
  Tamil Nadu (100)
  West Bengal (20)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kannada (6,800 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Marathi
(5,000)
Hindi
(3,200)
Konkani
(2,900)
Sindhi
(2,000)
Gujarati
(1,700)
Konkani, Goan
(1,200)
Kacchi
(600)
Marwari
(300)
Dhundari
(300)
Punjabi, Eastern
(70)
Kumaoni
(50)
Wagdi
People Groups Speaking Kannada
Primary Language Kannada (6,800 speakers)
Language Code kan   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Marathi (5,000)
  Hindi (3,200)
  Konkani (2,900)
  Sindhi (2,000)
  Gujarati (1,700)
  Konkani, Goan (1,200)
  Kacchi (600)
  Marwari (300)
  Dhundari (300)
  Punjabi, Eastern (70)
  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
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Kannada Bible stories
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
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 %
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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