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Bagata in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
174,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.69 % Unknown   

Bagata in India

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Introduction / History
Bagata are a scheduled tribe of India. They are thought to be one of the aboriginal tribes. They are also called Bagatha, Bagat, Bagodi, Bogad or Bhakta.

Where are they located?
They live in the state of Odisha and also in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

What are their lives like?
They work as farmers to earn a living.

Bagata people celebrate festivals, dances and music. Dhimsa is one of the dances and Bagata tribes of all ages enjoy energetic dancing, and all ages take part. In March and April, they dance at weddings and at social functions. Dance encourages friendships with people in the nearby villages. During festive seasons dancers from a Bagata village go to other villages to dance and to participate in community feasts. The dances of the Bagata are called Sankidi Kelbar. Perhaps the gospel can best be communicated to them through dance.

Bagata speak with one another in a form of the Oriya language. One of their main languages is Telugu. Their local dialect is Adivasi Oriya.

They have a social hierarchy similar to other tribes in Odisha.

What are their beliefs?
Bagata people are mostly Hindus. They worship Hindu gods and goddesses in addition to their family and tribal gods.

What are their needs?
Scripture resources, written, audio, and visual exist in the Telugu language of Bagata people, yet they are unreached.

Their worship of many gods, and their dance, perhaps fills an emotional need, but their genuine spiritual need cannot be touched in these ways.

Bagata people need to see their critical need for their Savior, who loves them and desires a personal relationship with them. They need to see past their world, and see that they have no acceptance with the Creator of the universe, except through His Son.

Prayer Points
Pray that Bagata people will become interested in Jesus Christ via film, recordings and the written word which are available in their Telugu language.
Pray that God will raise up Indian churches to boldly and lovingly evangelize this people group for whom Christ died and rose again.
Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among them.
Pray that, as David danced before Jehovah God, Bagata people will dance before Him in joyful worship.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-08-04
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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:174,000
Largest States:
Andhra Pradesh (156,000)Odisha (10,000)
Karnataka (5,000)Telangana (1,000)
Tamil Nadu (200)Delhi (90)
Puducherry (30)Kerala (10)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bagata
People Name General: Bagata
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111411
Joshua Project People ID: 16286
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 174,000
Population all Countries: 174,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Bagata
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Telugu (126,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Odia (12,000)Hindi (4,100)
Kannada (2,400)Oriya, Adivasi (2,100)
Kuvi (400)Mundari (90)
Bengali (60)Punjabi, Eastern (60)
Kui (50)Munda (40)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 25
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.69 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism98.62 % 
Islam0.32 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
Unknown0.35 % 
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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1812-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1854-2022
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 Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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: Telugu
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Telugu
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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Bagata in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Bagata India    
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