The Chaptegar people probably migrated from Goa to Karnataka. The Chaptegar in Karnataka speak Konkani, the language of Goa, and read and write in Kannada.
They work in carpentry, government work, day laboring, and other work. The Chaptegar in Kerala work producing parched and beaten rice. Some of them work in agriculture. They are not vegetarians and like to eat fish and rice. They prefer marriages between cousins.
The Chaptegar 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.
The Chaptegar people need to experience the abundant life offered only by Jesus Christ.
* Scripture Prayers for the Chaptegar in India.
Pray that they will have hearts and minds open to the only Savior, Jesus Christ. Pray for intercessors and workers to go to them. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the empty grave.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Chaptegar|
|People Name in Country||Chaptegar|
|Population this Country||7,900|
|Population all Countries||7,900|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Chaptegara; Choutagar; छपतेगर|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Konkani, Goan (4,900 speakers)|
|Language Code||gom Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Konkani, Goan
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1818-1999)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Konkani, Goan|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Konkani, Goan|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies|