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Velip in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
38,000 Konkani, Goan Hinduism 0.14 % Unknown No   

Velip in India

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Introduction / History
Goa is a beautiful land known as the "paradise of the east." Velip people are considered aborigines of Goa, having lived in this area since their beginnings. Goa was once a Portuguese colony. They live in forested and mining zones, resulting in conflict between land, resources, and ownership. They have suffered domination under several invading rulers that infiltrated their culture through the years.

Where are they located?
The Hindu Velip people live in Goa on the west coast of India.

What are their lives like?
Velip people are mainly agricultural in their occupation and way of life. They eat primarily fish, rice, wheat, vegetables, and fruits in season. They cook with coconut and ground nut oil. Most families raise cows. Some Velip people work in nearby towns as wage earners in construction, electrician work, and as painters.

Velip people live in clans. Clan members may marry with any other clan than their own. Marrying age is 18 years for women, and 21 for men by law. Divorce is rare, and matters are settled by elder members of the clan with a goal of compromise. A widowed man may remarry, but a widowed woman may not.

They rely on tribal medicines for basic illnesses. Various parts of medicinal plants are gathered from forests, dried and powdered. Often such medicines are sold in local markets.

What are their beliefs?
This unreached people group is primarily devout Hindu. Their clans are named after gods whom they worship and venerate in their homes. Velip men serve as priests in their temples for three months in succession. During this time, they live in the temple.

What are their needs?
Although written, audio, and visual Bible resources are available in Konkani, the language of the Goa and the Velip people, they have not yet heard of the one true Almighty God who loves them and paid the full penalty for their sins. They continue to fear and worship gods that cannot take care of their needs.

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


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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:38,000
Largest States:
Goa (38,000)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Velip
People Name General: Velip
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113868
Joshua Project People ID: 18321
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 38,000
Population all Countries: 38,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Velip
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Konkani, Goan (28,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gom    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kannada (2,300)Marathi (900)
Konkani (600)
Total Languages: 4
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.14 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.54 % 
Islam0.24 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.05 % 
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: 1821-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2006
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 RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Konkani, Goan
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterBible: Konkani, Goan
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Velip in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Velip India    
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            Velip in India          
      Religion Language  
      Hinduism     Konkani, Goan  
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