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Madiga (Hindu traditions) in India

Madiga (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,122,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.13 % Unknown   

Madiga (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
Madiga people are a scheduled caste, which means they have very little status in India.

Where are they located?
They are found mainly in the southern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and also Maharashtra. In Andhra Pradesh, they are also called Adi Andhra, and Jambvalu. They live mainly in the rural regions.

What are their lives like?
Traditional work of Madiga people is making footwear, leather work and tanning. The women help in hide tanning, and act as midwives. They work in agriculture, though not many own their own land. In urban regions, many work in industry. They are not vegetarians, and they eat beef, and rice cereal. They are usually less than average in height.

Madiga people speak, read, and write Telugu, and also Tamil. This is important, because audio and visual Bible resources are available both of these large languages. They are not all literate.

Marriage is permitted among cousins. Marriages are usually arranged by exchange or by discussion among family members. Divorce is not allowed, but the bereaved may remarry. Inheritance goes to the oldest son.

A traditional caste council judges in disputes among Madiga people.

What are their beliefs?
Madiga people are mostly Hindus, though they are not vegetarian. Some are Buddhists, and it is reported that many have become Christians.

What are their needs?
Though Madiga people speak many languages in their localities, Bible audio and written resources are not available in every language they speak. Since their literacy rate is low, there is a particular need for audio resources in a language that they are able to understand, if not their own heart language.
They need to understand that the gods they worship cannot give them eternal life, nor can they correct their sin issues.

Prayer Points
Pray that those who are true believers will lead those who are not to an understanding of the true creator God who loves them and paid the penalty for their sins. Pray for new church planting activities among them.

Pray that Christ followers will have a major positive influence in every area of Madiga community life.

Pray that increased educational opportunities among Madiga people will improve their quality of life.

Pray that their need for literacy skills will be met by disciples who can help them with reading and basic skills.

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:9,122,000
Largest States:
Andhra Pradesh (4,083,000)Telangana (3,835,000)
Karnataka (1,072,000)Maharashtra (18,000)
West Bengal (9,400)Chhattisgarh (6,900)
Tamil Nadu (6,900)Kerala (3,100)
Jharkhand (3,100)Odisha (3,000)
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People Name in Country: Madiga (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Madiga (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Adi AndhraAdi Jambava
Adi-Jambava MatangaArundhatiya
ROP3 Code: 112795
Joshua Project People ID: 17397
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,122,000
Population all Countries: 9,122,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - Madiga
People Name General: Madiga (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Telugu (7,764,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kannada (91,000)Odia (300)
English (100)Tulu (Unknown)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.14 % 
Christianity0.13 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.73 % 
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 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
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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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
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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
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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
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