Perka in India

The Perka 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

The Pariki Muggula (or Perka) believe their ancestors were expert at sorcery and black magic. They performed a certain ritual to overcome the malignant effects of evil spirits on a possessed person. Before performing this ritual, they drew designs of the evil and malignant spirits on the floor with muggurai (a mineral). Thus, these people came to be called Pariki Muggula. They are expert at design-making and tattooing. Married women use a marriage pendant, vermilion, black beads, and toe-rings as marriage symbols. The traditional occupation of the Perka has been begging and fortune-telling, but today many are employed in other ways. They are Hindus, and act as sacred specialists in curing ailments caused by evil spirits.


Ministry Obstacles

The Perka people may be especially influenced by evil spiritual forces, since they have a history of involvement with these forces.


Outreach Ideas

Please pray that good quality Gospel radio will be available throughout India, in the many languages of the people. Pray that people will learn of these broadcasts, and will listen with understanding.


Prayer Focus

It is unlikely there are any followers of Jesus Christ among the Perka people, but please pray for those who will soon come to saving faith. Pray they will completely escape any lingering effects of past involvement with the occult. Please pray the Perka, or Pariki Muggula, people will be set free from the influence of spiritual forces that keep them blinded to the truth of the good news about Jesus. Pray they will hear this good news, and will understand it, and will be given faith to believe.


Scripture Prayers for the Perka in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Perka
People Name in Country Perka
Population this Country 227,000
Population all Countries 227,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Pariki Muggula; Pariki Muggulollu; Parikilu; Parka; Periki; पेर्का
People ID 17865
ROP3 Code 113341
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 10
Largest States
Telangana
196,000
Madhya Pradesh
16,000
Maharashtra
8,800
Odisha
2,400
Andhra Pradesh
1,000
Karnataka
200
Chhattisgarh
100
Delhi
100
West Bengal
50
Puducherry
50
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 10
  Telangana 196,000
  Madhya Pradesh 16,000
  Maharashtra 8,800
  Odisha 2,400
  Andhra Pradesh 1,000
  Karnataka 200
  Chhattisgarh 100
  Delhi 100
  West Bengal 50
  Puducherry 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Telugu (175,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Hindi
8,600
Marathi
5,400
Odia
700
Kannada
30
Primary Language Telugu (175,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Hindi 8,600
  Marathi 5,400
  Odia 700
  Kannada 30
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  (1854-2022)
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
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from 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
General Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.97 %
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 (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more