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Introduction / History
The Taga are also referred to as Tyagi (or Tyagi Brahmin), and Tyagi is a common surname. Some say they were Brahmin at one time but became farmers and lost Brahmin status. They have been settled farmers for many years.
What are their lives like?
The Taga has two subdivisions, Dasa and Bisa. The former allow widow remarriage while the latter prohibit it. If a Bisa allows and approves widow remarriage he at once falls into the Dasa subdivision. They collect and dispose of ashes and bones on the third day after cremation. The gots (clans) regulate marriage alliances.
What are their beliefs?
The Taga people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. 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 Taga people have no way to protect themselves from the powers of darkness. They do not have access to Jesus Christ, the one who conquered death and brought light to the darkness.
Prayer PointsView Taga (Hindu traditions) in all countries.
There is no indication of any followers of Jesus today among the Hindu Taga. There may be a few secret believers. However, it's not too early to pray for those who will come to Christ in saving faith.
Pray that Christian workers in the area won't overlook the Taga community.
Pray for the Taga community to increasingly become aware of their need for forgiveness of sin, and that they will seek the only savior.
Pray for Taga disciples to make other disciples.