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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
3,444,000 Kannada Hinduism 0.51 % Unknown   

Adi Karnataka in India

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Introduction / History
Adi Karnataka people are a scheduled caste that originated from Karnataka. They are also known as Balagai. They speak the Kannada and Tamil languages.

Where are they located?
The Adi Karnatakas live in Mysore in Karnataka and the Nilgiri region of Tamil Nadu state.

What are their lives like?
They have sub groups, and they do not marry outside their group.

Adi Karnataka are laborers, some are land owners working in agriculture, carpentry, and for the government. They are educated, but their literacy level is not high. Women do the housework and do some paid work to help to support their families.

What are their beliefs?
Adi Karnataka people are Hindu by religion and worship many gods. There are many forms of Hinduism each with their own deities and beliefs.

What are their needs?
Nearly all Adi Karnataka people are Hindus, and their culture is locked into Hindu ways. Someone needs to show them how to make Jesus Christ central in their lives.

They need open hearts to hear God's answers to their spiritual problems.

Bible resources exist in Hindi, but Adi Karnataka people remain unreached.

Prayer Points
Pray that Adi Karnataka people will be liberated by God's Holy Spirit from the many ties that bind them to lives devoid of the loving Father's blessings.
Pray they will see past their respective traditional worship to the futility of it all and experience a growing desire to know the truth of God's Word.
Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among them, leading them to love Him with their whole being.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint Adi Karnataka families, especially the children and youth, and to raise up a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses of Christ's mercy and love.

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

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:3,444,000
Largest States:
Karnataka (3,371,000)Tamil Nadu (31,000)
Maharashtra (8,700)Andhra Pradesh (3,000)
Kerala (2,000)Telangana (1,500)
Delhi (500)Goa (90)
Puducherry (70)Gujarat (70)
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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: 3,444,000
Population all Countries: 3,444,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Adi Karnataka
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kannada (2,935,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tulu (14,000)Konkani (5,800)
Tamil (1,400)Bellari (1,000)
Konkani, Goan (1,000)
Total Languages: 6
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.69 % 
Christianity0.51 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.79 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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: 1827-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsOral Bible Stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kannada
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppBible app direct APK download
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kannada
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Kannada
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Adi Karnataka in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Adi Karnataka India    
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