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Jambuvulu in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
23,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Jambuvulu in India

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Introduction / History
The 55,000 Jambuvulu people are a scheduled caste community who used to tan hides using indigenous methods. Now they are spared from this unpleasant job. They purchase hides from merchants and make them into leather goods like slippers, shoes, water bags, and drum heads.

Where are they located?
Most live in either Andhra Pradesh or Tamil Nadu. For this reason, they speak the main languages of these states, Telegu and Tamil. Many also speak Kannada, the language of neighboring Karnataka.

What are their lives like?
There are two Jambuvulu subgroups, and they usually marry their cousins from the opposite subgroup. They practice both child and adult marriage. Their marriages are monogamous, and they have nuclear families. Though most of them make leather goods, some of them work as agricultural workers. They cremate their dead. Those who are not married at death are buried. The Jambuvulu people have a wonderful oral tradition. Only their men participate in their dance performances. They are poor, so they have the unenviable habit of depending on money-lenders and shop owners for credit.

What are their beliefs?
Each year they worship their ancestors, but their main spiritual activity revolves around Hinduism. Sacred specialists from other communities perform their marriage rituals and death rites. A few of them became Christian a couple of decades ago in order to get employment at Christian hospitals and schools.

What are their needs?
The Jambuvulu people have a low literacy rate, so printed gospel materials would do little good. They love to listen to the radio, watch TV, and attend meetings, and there are many Christian materials in all of these mediums available in their languages. Someone needs to take materials like gospel recordings and the JESUS Film to their communities.

Because they are dependent on money-lenders, Christians would do well to lend to them without charging high interest rates.

Prayer Points
Pray for many oral Christian materials to find their way into Jambuvulu communities and homes.
Pray for Christian businessmen to go to them to help the economy of their communities.
Pray for spiritual openness to the Lord and Savior.

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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:23,000
Largest States:
Karnataka (15,000)Andhra Pradesh (7,900)
Puducherry (600)Telangana (100)
Odisha (40)Kerala (20)
Tamil Nadu (10)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Jambuvulu
People Name General: Jambuvulu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112291
Joshua Project People ID: 16980
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 23,000
Population all Countries: 23,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Jambuvulu
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Telugu (12,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kannada (8,100)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.17 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.83 % 
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 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
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
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 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 / VideoThe Story
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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Jambuvulu in India

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Jambuvulu India    
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            Jambuvulu in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Telugu  
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