Brahmin Telugu in India

The Brahmin Telugu have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Telugu Brahmins are among the highest status peoples of southwest India. Brahmin means "one who knows God." There is a disagreement among sources as to whether the Telugu Brahmins were Aryans who came from north India or Dravidians who came north from Tamil Nadu. As their names suggests, they speak the south Indian language of Telugu. They also speak Hindi and English. Some of the Telugu Brahmins have left the priesthood to pursue secular occupations such as being government officials, military leaders and business owners. Some Telugu today continue the traditional Brahmin roles as temple priests, scholars and professors. Telugu Brahmins are also active in the arts as actors, filmmakers, musicians and painters.


Where Are they Located?

Most Telugu Brahmins live in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Smaller numbers live in Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and other regions of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Within the Telugu Brahmins, the Niyogi group serves in government, the military and business. They will eat meat except for beef. The Vaidiki group is priests dedicated to the god Vishnu and his temples. They are strict vegetarians. They perform religious ceremonies for other Hindu castes. They also engage in jobs like teaching, administration and science.

The Telugu Brahmin are endogamous. They marry only within their Brahmin caste.

Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Sons inherit property with the eldest son receiving the family home.

Like other Brahmins, they encourage their children to get university educations and graduate degrees so they can obtain high positions in society.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Telugu Brahmins practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. The Telegu Brahmins worship and serve the many gods of the Hindu pantheon. They study the Vedas, the oldest writings of Hinduism. Some see Vishnu as the supreme god and others see Shiva as the chief deity. The Telugu Brahmins often perform the essential rituals of the yearly Hindu holidays such a Holi, the festival of colors, Diwali, the festival of lights and Navratri, the nine-day celebration of autumn. The Telugu Brahmin cremate their dead.


What Are Their Needs?

The Telugu Brahmins need humility to see that they are sinners who require God's forgiveness. They need to see that the Bible not the Vedas is the source of true spiritual wisdom and knowledge of God. They need to see Christ's love and mercy lived out before their eyes by His followers.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Telugu receive a hunger for the truth of the Word of God.
* Pray that Christians befriend the Telugu Brahmins and show them the love and grace of Christ and tell them the gospel.
* Pray that the Lord raises up a disciple-making movement among the Telugu Brahmin community and that Telugu Brahmin churches are planted.


References

https://www.quora.com/Who-are-the-Dravida-Brahmins-in-Andhra-Pradesh
http://www.vepachedu.org/manasanskriti/Brahmins.html


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-08
People Name General Brahmin Telugu
People Name in Country Brahmin Telugu
Population in India 1,029,000
World Population 1,029,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 21
Alternate Names Telugu Brahman, Telugu Brahmin, ब्रामिन, तेलुगु
People ID 19983
ROP3 Code 115766
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 20
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Andhra Pradesh
825,000
Karnataka
57,000
Tamil Nadu
52,000
Telangana
49,000
Maharashtra
26,000
Odisha
11,000
Puducherry
2,400
Chhattisgarh
1,300
Kerala
1,200
West Bengal
1,000
Delhi
700
Gujarat
700
Jharkhand
700
Madhya Pradesh
600
Assam
400
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 20
  Andhra Pradesh 825,000
  Karnataka 57,000
  Tamil Nadu 52,000
  Telangana 49,000
  Maharashtra 26,000
  Odisha 11,000
  Puducherry 2,400
  Chhattisgarh 1,300
  Kerala 1,200
  West Bengal 1,000
  Delhi 700
  Gujarat 700
  Jharkhand 700
  Madhya Pradesh 600
  Assam 400
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (1,029,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (1,029,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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  (1854-2002)
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 (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 (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.99 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Sissssou  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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