Bagal Yadav in India

The Bagal Yadav have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Status is important in Hindu cultures. Yadav peoples, including the Bagal subgroup, are concerned about their status. The Yadav peoples hold a place of honor, since traditionally they deal with cattle and dairy products in a Hindu culture where the cow is sacred.

There have been times in their long history that Yadav peoples have held power and wealth. Most Bagal live in Odisha, a central east state of India. Today however, the Bagal are classified as "other backward castes" or OBCs for short. This sounds derisive, but in fact, this refers to people who hold some status, but are not part of the most prestigious communities. OBCs are eligible for government jobs and special university admission.

The primary language of the Bagal is Odia. The complete Bible and the JESUS are available in Odia. Many Bagal also speak Bengali, the major language of West Bengal. College educated Bagal speak English. There are few of any followers of Christ among the Bagal Yadav.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The main occupation of the Bagal Yadav is the production and selling of dairy products. They are also employed in agriculture. Most Bagal are vegetarians whose main foods are rice and wheat along with fruit and vegetables. The Yadav encourage their sons and daughter to obtain university educations. Some prominent Indian politicians are Bagal. College educated Yadav work in professions like government service, business, teaching, medicine, and computer science.

The Bagal tend to marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Sons inherit property and care for elderly relatives. Brahmins officiate at important life ceremonies.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bagal 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 do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bagal people need to realize that they cannot please God by their works. Jesus alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray that Bagal Yadav leaders come to Jesus Christ and lead entire families to him.

Pray that gospel materials and the websites about Jesus Christ on the internet will lead the Bagal to salvation.

Ask the Lord to send workers to the Bagal Yadav community.

Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment among the Bagal Yadav community.


Scripture Prayers for the Yadav Bagal in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yadav

https://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=0B10BMNU


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Yadav Bagal
People Name in Country Yadav Bagal
Natural Name Bagal Yadav
Population this Country 6,600
Population all Countries 6,600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bagal; Krishna Gop; यादव बगल
People ID 21293
ROP3 Code 118116
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 2
Largest States
Jharkhand
3,800
Odisha
2,700
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 2
  Jharkhand 3,800
  Odisha 2,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Odia (3,200 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Bengali
1,600
Kudmali
800
Primary Language Odia (3,200 speakers)
Language Code ory   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 1,600
  Kudmali 800
People Groups Speaking Odia
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more