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Masan Jogi in India

Masan Jogi

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37,000 Kannada Hinduism 0.02 % Unknown   

Masan Jogi in India

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Introduction / History
Masan Jogis have traditionally been people who deal with cremating the dead as a major part of their religious duties. They survived on alms like other Jogi subgroups, but their job had to do with cremation and dealing with the dead.

The Masan are a subgroup of the Jogis. Jogi is a colloquial term for the "yogi", which refers to the people who practiced yoga as part of their daily rituals. Over time, this led to the formation of a community, and subsequently the Masan Jogis formed into a caste.

Where are they located?
Most of the Masan Jogi live in Maharashtra, Karnataka or Telangana, states in central India.

What are their lives like?
In a certain way, they have high status since they are involved with religious rituals, and in another way, they have low status, since they deal with the dead, something which brings contempt in Hindu culture. They live apart from other communities, often in or near the places where they perform cremations. Others have been wandering pilgrims, more like other Jogis. In recent years the Masan Jogi have been striving to gain more political clout, especially in the state of Maharashtra.

What are their beliefs?
Masan Jogi are followers of yoga and worshipers of the Hindu god Shiva. The Yoga system of philosophy taught the means whereby the human soul might attain complete union with the Supreme Being. The modern Jogi, speaking generally, claims to have attained that union and to be, therefore, a part of the Supreme. As followers of the yoga, they traditionally wear saffron-colored clothing. The Jogi are made up of purely religious mendicants (i.e., beggars) of the various Jogi orders, various people who live by fortune telling, practicing exorcisms and divination, and others.

What are their needs?
The Masan Jogis need to be empowered to get beyond where they are, both spiritually and economically.

Prayer Points
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Masan Jogis.
Pray for the Masan Jogis to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Masan Jogis to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Masan Jogi disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Masan Jogi communities.


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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:37,000
Largest States:
Karnataka (33,000)Maharashtra (1,600)
Telangana (1,100)Andhra Pradesh (800)
Tamil Nadu (300)Goa (60)
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People Name in Country: Masan Jogi
People Name General: Masan Jogi
Alternate People Names:
Adike SiddaGombeyatadavaru
Koti PaporiMapan Jogi
Pakanati GollaSiddaru
ROP3 Code: 113694
Joshua Project People ID: 18182
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 37,000
Population all Countries: 37,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Masan Jogi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kannada (26,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kan    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Telugu (3,300)Marathi (2,200)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.02 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.98 % 
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: 1812-1988
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1827-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
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Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kannada
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Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Kannada
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Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Kannada
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