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Adi Karnataka in India

Adi Karnataka

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,735,000 Kannada Hinduism 4.79 % Unknown   

Adi Karnataka in India

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Introduction / History
The Adi Karnataka are living in India in the state of Mysore. They are a Scheduled Caste and also go by the name of Balagai and originated from Karnataka. They speak the Kannada language. They are not vegetarians and eat chicken, beef and pork. They like to eat rice as a cereal. They have sub groups and are endogamous, which means they do not marry outside their group. Women do the housework and do some paid work to help to bring the money in.

The Adi Karnataka work in agriculture. There are also carpenters among them while others work for the Government. Along with other communities they share the same burial grounds. They are being educated but the literacy level is not high, so the gospel message may need to be given in oral form too.

The Adi Karnataka in Tamil Nadu are a Scheduled Caste. They are mostly in the Nilgiri region. They speak in Kannada and in Tamil. Many of them are laborers and some are landowners working in agriculture. Some are in other kinds of work. They are Hindus but there are some Christians among them also.

The Adi Karnataka in Kerala are a Scheduled Caste.

What are their beliefs?
They are Hindus by religion and worship several gods. Some are Christians.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Adi Karnataka Christians will lead the others among them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that God gives them dreams and visions leading to their Salvation.

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

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:3,735,000
Largest States:
Karnataka (3,682,000)Tamil Nadu (39,000)
Maharashtra (7,300)Andhra Pradesh (2,500)
Kerala (1,800)Telangana (1,300)
Delhi (500)Goa (80)
Gujarat (70)Madhya Pradesh (70)
Total States on file:15
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Adi Karnataka
People Name General: Adi Karnataka
Alternate People Names:
Madigaआदि कर्नाटका
ROP3 Code: 111268
Joshua Project People ID: 16166
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,735,000
Population all Countries: 3,735,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Kannada
People Name General: Adi Karnataka
Ethnic Code: CNN23a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kannada (3,444,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (233,000)Tulu (14,000)
Tamil (6,800)Konkani (6,000)
Konkani, Goan (1,100)English (900)
Bellari (500)
Total Languages: 8
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.57 % 
Christianity4.79 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism94.60 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.03 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1988
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1831-2000
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Kannada
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: ಕನ್ನಡ - Kannada
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Adi Karnataka in India

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People Cluster
    Kannada     South Asia    
      Adi Karnataka India    
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