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Badaga in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
259,000 Badaga Hinduism 0.29 % Unknown   

Badaga in India

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Introduction / History
The Bagada are a land-owning, agricultural Hindu people who live in South India. Badagar comes from the word "vadugar," meaning northerner. According to legend the Bagada migrated from North India to escape Muslim persecution. Most Bagada today reside in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The Bagada speak their own Bagada language. The New Testament and the JESUS Film are available in Bagada. Many Bagada also speak Tamil and Kannada which allows them to communicate with others outside of their group. College educated Bagada speak English.

A tiny fraction of Bagada claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.

What are their lives like?
In past times, the Bagada lived in rural villages farming their land. Many have relocated to towns and cities of South India. They now earn income from being teachers, government workers, business persons and traders. The Badaga have a well-organized community council called Badaga Sangam. Some Bagada have achieved high political offices in the Indian government.

Rural Bagada grow rice, fruits, vegetables, tea, and coffee. In the social hierarchy, they are one of the higher castes of South India. Bagada often employ lower castes to work their land.

Bagada marry within their group. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Parents encourage their sons and daughters to get a university education. Families and young people arrange marriages. Sons inherit their father's property and take care of elderly relatives.

What are their beliefs?
The Badaga people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Their primary devotion is to the destroyer god Shiva. 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. 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?
Pride can be a problem for higher caste Hindus like the Bagada. Pride can prevent people from trusting in the Lord and depend on themselves. The Bagada need to understand that Jesus is not another god or guru. He alone can forgive their sins for all of us who need to be united with God.

Prayer Points
Pray the Holy Spirit will create a hunger for spiritual truth among the Badaga people.

Ask the Lord to send Holy Spirit sent anointed to the Bagada.

Pray that the small number of Bagada believers would find fellowship and grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the Bagada in this decade.


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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:259,000
Largest States:
Tamil Nadu (233,000)Karnataka (24,000)
Kerala (300)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: 259,000
Population all Countries: 259,000
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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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Badaga
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Badaga in India

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