Telugu-speaking South Asian in Bahrain

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The peoples of India have managed to go to other parts of the world to make their mark, and Telegu speakers are no exception. Telegu refers to a Dravidian (southern Indian) language spoken mainly in India's states of Andhra Pradesh and Telegana, where it is the official language. Early inscriptions in Telegu date back to 575AD, and literary works started in the 11th century. From the mid 1700s until India became a sovereign nation in 1948, this part of India was ruled in part by monarchs, but ultimately controlled by the British Raj. Hyderabad, as the princely state was then called, was among the most prosperous princely states of India. It is still one of India's most prosperous states. Some Telegus have needed to go to Bahrain to earn a living.

Where Are they Located?

Telegu speakers in Bahrain mainly live in the capital city of Manama.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though there are some professionals and white-collar workers among Indians working in Bahrain, they are more likely to be found doing construction or working in the oil industry. Many barbers and carpenters in Bahrain are from India. Women are often working as domestic servants. Even though they are far from home in a Muslim land, Telegu speakers will keep good contact with their families and friends in southern India.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most are Hindus who look to their gods to provide them with prosperity and good fortune. They celebrate all the Hindu festivals. The dates of these festivals vary depending on the Hindu calendar, which is lunar. There is a sizable number of believers among Telegu speakers in Bahrain, so much so that we can't really call them an unreached people group like they are in most other parts of the world.

What Are Their Needs?

Telegu speakers need to cling to Jesus, and not allow the pull of materialism or anything else steer them away from the savior. Telegu speakers who follow the Lord can be used by Him to begin a Disciple-Making movement among other predominantly Hindu peoples, and among the Muslim Kuwaitis.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, Telugu-speaking in Bahrain.

Pray for members of the Telegu speaking congregation to be salt and light to the Muslims of Kuwait. Pray that the Holy Spirit will move through them.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to flourish among Telegu speakers in Bahrain.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General South Asian, Telugu-speaking
People Name in Country South Asian, Telugu-speaking
Natural Name Telugu-speaking South Asian
Pronunciation TEL-uh-goo
Population this Country 36,000
Population all Countries 1,159,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Andhra; Telegu; Tolangan
People ID 15324
ROP3 Code 109930

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Primary Language Telugu (36,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (36,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
11.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
85.00 %
3.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
37.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
13.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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