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Galada Konkani in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
900 Tulu Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Galada Konkani in India

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Introduction / History
The Galada are a small group within the much larger Konkani speaking peoples of west India. The Portuguese treated the Indian people harshly forcing to speak Portuguese and forbidding the practice on Hinduism in their colony. They destroyed 300 Hindu temples and shrines. If a person was caught engaging in Hindu rituals this person was imprisoned, tortured and sometimes burned at the stake. These actions were not conducive to the spread of Roman Catholicism among the Konkani speakers.

The two main languages of the Galada are Tulu and Konkani. Many Christian resources are available in both languages.

Where are they located?
The Galada Konkani people live only in Karnataka, a state in southern India.

What are their lives like?
Today many of the Galada fish for a living on the Arabian Sea. If the fishing is poor, the Galada can face starvation. They also work in agriculture often on land not owned by them. Some women work as domestics. The Galada are designated as an OBC or Other Backward Caste by the Indian government. That means the Galada are eligible for certain public jobs and special consideration for university admissions. Most Galada are either illiterate or functionally illiterate. Children many times have to quit school and to help support the family.

Many of their villages do not have electricity or indoor plumbing. Most Galada do not have access to modern medicine.
The Galada marry within their group. Families arrange marriages with the new couple living near or with the groom's parents. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming the head of the family upon the death of the father. A caste council settles legal disputes and promotes their interests.

The main foods of the Galada are fish, rice, grains and vegetables. Meat is frequently reserved for holidays and special occasions.

What are their beliefs?
The Galada practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Galada 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 many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of the Galada people are 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?
As a poverty stricken people of India, the Galada have many needs. Their children need more than a basic elementary education so they can compete in the modern economy of India. The Galada need to learn new job skills. They need access to modern medicine. Galada villages need electricity and clean water. Most of all, the Galada must hear the good news of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and make them right with God.

Prayer Points
Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Galada families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings.
Pray the Lord will give Galada families understanding and responsive hearts as they hear about the love of Christ.
Pray for the Galada people to be delivered from their fear of Christendom and to embrace God's blessing through his Word for their families and communities.


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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:900
Largest States:
Karnataka (900)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Galada Konkani
People Name General: Galada Konkani
Alternate People Names:
गलड़ा कोंकनी
ROP3 Code: 112115
Joshua Project People ID: 21136
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 900
Population all Countries: 900
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Galada Konkani
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tulu (400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tcy    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Konkani (300)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
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: 1842-1912
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tulu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterBible: Tulu
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Galada Konkani in India

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      Galada Konkani India    
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