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Badaga in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
219,000 Badaga Hinduism 0.29 % Unknown   

Badaga in India

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Badagar is a corrupt form of vadugar, meaning northerner. The Badagas are an agricultural people and by far the most numerous and wealthy of the hilly area people. Many have relocated to towns and cities of the region, and earn income from urban-style employment. The Badaga have a well-organized community council called Badaga Sangam. They grow different kinds of vegetables, tea, and coffee. In the social hierarchy, they are placed higher than the Toda, Kota, and Kurumba communities.They are Hindu and belong to the Shaivite group.They worship deities of both great and little traditions, such as Ganapati, Sub-ramanya, Krishna, Hittiamma, and Mahadeswaran.

Ministry Obstacles
The pantheistic Hindu religion provides a very different worldview than that of the Christian Bible. To change worldview is quite difficult, but it is possible.

Outreach Ideas
Perhaps some of the Badaga people, especially those that are younger, will learn of the availability of the Jesus film and other videos and recordings on the Internet. Pray the Lord will lead them to download, view, and listen and that the Lord will give them understanding.

Pray for the followers of Christ
There are some Badaga who reported themselves as Christians to the India census. Please pray these people will clearly understand what it means to know and follow Christ, distinguishing this from a mere cultural identification with the Christian religion. Pray the Holy Spirit will lead them into all truth.

Pray for the entire people group
The Badaga are a relatively wealthy people, and this often leads to pride. Pride is deadly, so please pray against the effects of pride in this community.

Scripture Focus
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:219,000
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (199,000)Karnataka (20,000)
Kerala (200)Odisha (10)
Location in Country:Tamil Nadu, Madras-Nilgiri, Kunda hills.
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People Name in Country: Badaga
People Name General: Badaga
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111397
Joshua Project People ID: 16272
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 219,000
Population all Countries: 219,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Badaga
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Badaga (205,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bfq    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kannada (9,300)Tamil (4,500)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.29 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.71 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
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: 1852-1992
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Badaga
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Badaga in India

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      Badaga India    
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