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Bakkarwal in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
114,000 Kashmiri Islam 0.05 % Unknown No   

Bakkarwal in India

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It is thought that Bakkarwal is derived from the word bakriwale, meaning goat herders, or goat and sheep producers. They have permanent homes but move from one altitude to another in search of green pasture for their goats and sheep. The identification marker of the Bakarwal males is their turban, called dastar. The women, too, wear a special cap, called the topi. They bury their dead, and perform special ceremonies on the fourth and fortieth days after death. They belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. Their literacy level is very low.

Ministry Obstacles
The Bakkawal people are said to have a very low literacy rate, and they live in an area that has little access to the good news of Christ. Jammu and Kashmir has been the scene of much fighting between the government of India and Muslim separatists.

Outreach Ideas
Please pray for Gospel radio to become available in the mountains and valleys of Kashmir, in the languages of the people.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Even though there is probably not a single Christian believer today among the Bakkarwal people, please pray for a church planting movement to soon begin within this people group. The Lord is able to do this.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for a rising literacy rate among this pastoral group. Pray that parents will desire to provide schooling for their children and will find ways to accomplish this.

Scripture Focus
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-10-26
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-08-26
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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:114,000
Largest States:
Jammu and Kashmir (114,000)Ladakh (30)
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People Name in Country: Bakkarwal
People Name General: Bakkarwal
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111433
Joshua Project People ID: 16305
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 114,000
Population all Countries: 114,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Bakkarwal
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kashmiri (53,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kas    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Gujari (52,000)Dogri (6,400)
Bhadrawahi (700)Urdu (400)
Total Languages: 5
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.02 % 
Christianity0.05 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism1.24 % 
Islam98.66 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.02 % 
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: 1813-1954
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1899-2011
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Kashmiri
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kashmiri
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Forgiver
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Bakkarwal in India

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    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Bakkarwal India    
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