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Gaddi (Hindu traditions) in India

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277,000 Gaddi Hinduism 0.02 % Unknown No   

Gaddi (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The name Gaddi is derived from the word gaderan, the local name for the hilly tracts of Himachal Pradesh. They are a scheduled tribe, and many make their living by sheep raising and farming.

What are their lives like?
Each Gaddi household consists of a nuclear family. Houses are generally two or three stories, with balconies and paved courtyards. The ground floor is used for keeping cattle, while the second story is used for living, sleeping and cooking.

Hindu Gaddi villages are usually located on steep slopes. Women take part in agriculture and animal husbandry and contribute to the family income.

What are their beliefs?
The Hindu Gaddi people adhere to the traditional local religions of South Asia. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What are their needs?
The literacy rate of this tribe is probably low. The gospel message needs to come in oral forms as well as in written forms. Pray believers living near the Gaddi will not ignore their situation but instead by drawn to share Christ with them.

Prayer Points
Pray that when there are Gaddi Christian believers, that they will live holy lives, and will learn to live in the power of God's Spirit.

Pray new Christian believers will be accepted by the rest of their community.

Pray for improved living conditions for the Gaddi community, with better employment opportunities.


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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:277,000
Largest States:
Himachal Pradesh (209,000)Jammu and Kashmir (52,000)
Delhi (9,000)Uttar Pradesh (4,100)
Ladakh (200)Punjab (200)
Uttarakhand (200)Haryana (100)
Rajasthan (30)Chandigarh (20)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gaddi (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Gaddi (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 118353
Joshua Project People ID: 21558
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 277,000
Population all Countries: 277,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Gaddi (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gaddi (175,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gbk    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dogri (16,000)Hindi (9,900)
Kangri (7,200)Gujari (6,900)
Bhattiyali (6,300)Punjabi, Eastern (4,800)
Kashmiri (4,300)Churahi (1,200)
Bhadrawahi (800)Bhojpuri (400)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 26
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.01 % 
Christianity0.02 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.85 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.11 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
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