Madiga (Christian traditions) in India

The Madiga (Christian traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Madiga people are shoemakers of the southeast Indian states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Madiga are classified as a Scheduled Caste Community. Traditionally the Madiga are considered Dalits doing unclean jobs that higher caste Hindus will not do. As a Schedules Caste the Madiga are given public jobs and special consideration for university admissions. Unfortunately, many of the Madiga are unable to read or write.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The houses of the Madiga are located in the outskirts of villages. They do jobs connected with leather and dead cattle which is repugnant to Hindus. The Madiga make shoes, belts and other leather materials. Most Madiga live in poverty. They also play 'tappeta' a hand drum for their village deities on Hindu holidays. The Madiga also perform duties that prepares corpses for cremation.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The vast majority of the Madiga are Hindus. Smaller groups claim to be Christians and Muslims. The Madiga also are influenced by folk religion, the belief that spirits inhabit the objects of nature.


What Are Their Needs?

Though many of the Madiga have converted to Christianity, they remain nominal believers who need revival, education, new jobs skills and strong, growing churches.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Madiga (Christian traditions) in India.

Pray for a disciple making movement among the Madiga people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Madiga people to meet their spiritual and physical needs. Pray that the Madiga would learn to read so they can read the Bible for themselves.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Madiga (Christian traditions)
People Name in Country Madiga (Christian traditions)
Population this Country 638,000
Population all Countries 638,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Adi Jambava; Arundhatiyan; Gosangi; Jambavu; Jambavulu; Madgi; Madigollu; Matangulu; Mathanpa; Putunbhatta; Sindholu; माडीगा (क्रिस्चियन ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16625
ROP3 Code 111834
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 18
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Telangana
277,000
Andhra Pradesh
267,000
Karnataka
80,000
Tamil Nadu
6,100
Maharashtra
2,500
Odisha
1,200
Chhattisgarh
1,200
West Bengal
800
Puducherry
600
Jharkhand
500
Delhi
500
Kerala
400
Madhya Pradesh
300
Gujarat
200
Assam
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 18
  Telangana 277,000
  Andhra Pradesh 267,000
  Karnataka 80,000
  Tamil Nadu 6,100
  Maharashtra 2,500
  Odisha 1,200
  Chhattisgarh 1,200
  West Bengal 800
  Puducherry 600
  Jharkhand 500
  Delhi 500
  Kerala 400
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Gujarat 200
  Assam 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (606,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Kannada
27,000
English
7,100
Konkani, Goan
60
Konkani
Primary Language Telugu (606,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 27,000
  English 7,100
  Konkani, Goan 60
  Konkani 10
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  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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