Bogam Balija in India

The Balija Bogam 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 Natavallolu are also called Balija Bogam. The word Bogam has to do with pleasure because their traditional work involved dancing. Not many of them do that now. They speak, read and write in Telugu and Kannada, the languages of their home states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Natavallolu work mainly in agriculture and in businesses. They make use of government help. The Natavallolu have cousin marriages. They have adult marriages arranged by their families. Male divorcees and widowers can marry again. Sons and daughters get the same share of the property on the death of the father. The professionals among them cremate the dead while the rest of them bury the dead.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Natavallolu people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.


What Are Their Needs?

They need to accept and embrace the spiritual and social blessings that only a transformed life can offer. A relationship with Jesus Christ would provide them with life to the full.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Balija Bogam in India.

* Pray for spiritual direction and openness to the claims of Christ. * Pray for a disciple making movement among them this decade. * Pray that God gives them dreams and visions leading them to put all their faith in Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Balija Bogam
People Name in Country Balija Bogam
Natural Name Bogam Balija
Population this Country 75,000
Population all Countries 75,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Bogam; Gazula; Kasban; Kavarai; Munnur; Mutrasi; Naidu; Vaidu; बलिजा बोगम
People ID 21089
ROP3 Code 117913
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 7
Largest States
Telangana
34,000
Karnataka
33,000
Tamil Nadu
4,200
Maharashtra
1,700
Odisha
1,300
Chhattisgarh
1,200
Madhya Pradesh
100
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 7
  Telangana 34,000
  Karnataka 33,000
  Tamil Nadu 4,200
  Maharashtra 1,700
  Odisha 1,300
  Chhattisgarh 1,200
  Madhya Pradesh 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Telugu (51,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Kannada
24,000
Primary Language Telugu (51,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 24,000
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
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.67 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.33 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* 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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