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Mangala in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,917,000 Telugu Hinduism 0.05 % Unknown   

Mangala in India

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Introduction / History
Mangala in India are also called Mangali. The word mangala can mean "happiness" in Telugu. They have been given the name Mangala because they traditionally played flutes at weddings.

Where are they located?
Mangala people live in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

What are their lives like?
Mangala people read and write in Telugu. They have a low regard for literacy, although they believe in education for their children.
They are not vegetarians. Rice is their main cereal.

They work as barbers, musicians, women as midwives, and hairdressers, and some work in government.

In Andhra Pradesh, the Mangala are also called Bajantri. They have one spouse and prefer cross cousin marriages. Divorcees and the bereaved may re-marry. They cremate and bury their dead, and there are set periods for birth and death pollution. They have Panchayats that judge in local matters.

What are their beliefs?
The primary religion practiced by Mangala people is Hinduism, the predominant religious tradition on the Indian subcontinent. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

What are their needs?
The primary need of Mangala people is to understand that Jesus Christ give His life to pay the full penalty for all their sins.

Nearly all are Hindus, and the Mangalas are locked into Hindu culture, so they usually view accepting the lordship of Christ as a threat to their identity.

Andhra Pradesh has established anti-conversion laws, "ironically titled freedom of religion and rights of tribal and other marginalized sections of the Indian society." These laws are widely abused by Hindu radicals to harass and intimidate Christians while claiming to be operating under the auspices of state law.

Prayer Points
* Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of Mangala communities through the abundant life and love Jesus offers to all nations.
* Pray for deliverance from the fear that hinders God's blessing from multiplying through Mangala families and communities.
* Pray that spiritual barriers will be broken, and that they will turn their hearts to Jesus.
* Pray that God's people will make long-lasting, intentional contact with Mangala people that will result in many disciples reaching their own people.

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:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,917,000
Largest States:
Andhra Pradesh (1,261,000)Tamil Nadu (479,000)
Telangana (50,000)Maharashtra (42,000)
Karnataka (38,000)Odisha (37,000)
Gujarat (4,900)Puducherry (1,900)
West Bengal (900)Chhattisgarh (600)
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People Name in Country: Mangala
People Name General: Mangala
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 115279
Joshua Project People ID: 19068
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,917,000
Population all Countries: 1,918,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Mangala
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Telugu (1,802,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tel    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tamil (58,000)Kannada (30,000)
Odia (14,000)Marathi (10,000)
Konkani (3,100)Gujarati (2,000)
Hindi (500)Kui (500)
Kurux (90)Kui, Dawik (50)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 12
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.05 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.94 % 
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: 1854-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Pearl of Great Price
Film / VideoThe Story
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: తెలుగు - Telugu
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
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Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Telugu)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Mangala in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Hindu - other     Asia, South    
      Mangala India    
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