Bagdi in India

The Bagdi 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 Bhil are the third largest and most widely distributed tribal group in India. Although the Bhil were once thought of as a single tribe, it is now clear that they consist of many subgroups, one of which is the Bagdi, who live further east than the other Bhil groups. They live mainly in West Bengal. The name "Bhil" was probably derived from the word villu or billu, which in most Dravidian languages is the word for "bow. " The bow has long been a characteristic weapon of the Bhil because the tribesmen always carry their bows and arrows with them. Many years ago, Bhil rajas (kings) permitted immigrants from the plains to settle in the hill regions. To safeguard their independence and rule, the Bhil fought against powerful Empires: the Moghals, the Maratha and the British Raj. The Bagdi are labeled a "scheduled tribe," meaning that they have low status. Being part of a scheduled tribe means that they have special privileges. Their language, Bhili, is a blend of Gujarati and Marathi, the two major languages in their region. The Bagdi also speak Hindi, a major language throughout northern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bagdi were traditionally hunters and gatherers. They relied primarily on bows and arrows for hunting, although spears, slings, and axes among their tools. They gathered edible plants, roots, and fruits from the forests. Unfortunately, extensive deforestation in this region has greatly diminished the forest resources. As a result, most of the Bagdi are now settled small time farmers. Their primary crops include maize, millet, cucumbers, cotton, wild rice, lentils, and barley. Some of the Bagdi have lost their land and now earn a living as hired laborers. Many of them have found jobs clearing forests or repairing roads. Since the Bagdi do not weave cloth, make pottery, or work with metals, they are dependent on trade to obtain these types of items. The Bagdi mark their village boundaries by tying bundles of grass to trees along the paths. Each village usually contains from three to forty families. The villagers live in houses that are set far apart from each other. Most of the houses are built on hills with their fields surrounding them. Most villages also have some land that is reserved for community use. The Bagdi live in wooden framed, rectangular homes that generally have two stories. The houses have bamboo walls daubed with plaster that is made of water, clay and cattle dung. Such materials keep the houses cool. The homes do not have windows and have only a single entrance on the front wall. The roofs are usually thatched with grass or teak leaves and bamboo, materials that often require annual replacement. The father is the head of the Bagdi household, distributing the daily work among each of the family members and controlling all the income. The mother assigns duties to her daughters and daughters-in-law and supervises their work. These duties include preparing the family's meals and taking them to the men in the fields. Drawing water, milking cows and gathering firewood are also part of the women's daily routines. Men do the plowing, sowing and hunting. The Bagdi are divided into clans, each of which is led by a chief. The chiefs have supreme power in matters concerning the clan. Since the clans are often geographically separated, the main purpose of the clan seems to be ensuring exogamous marriages (marriages between members of the same clan) and identifying the proper lines of descent.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bagdi practice a mixture of Hinduism and folk religion. They worship the Hindu gods but believe that spirits inhabit nature in the sea, rivers, animals, and sky. If the Bagdi do not appease these spirits with rituals, prayers and offerings, the evil spirits will bring disaster upon their people.


What Are Their Needs?

Christian believers who are filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit are needed to share God's love with the Bagdi. Prayer is the first step toward seeing them reached with the truth of the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bagdi in India.

Pray for the Bagdi people to have hearts that are open to the abundant blessings of Jesus Christ. Pray for Bagdi families to prosper financially and spiritually as they experience a relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for a movement among the Bagdi that will spread joy, peace and salvation to other peoples in Rajasthan. Pray for the Bagdi culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-02-03
People Name General Bagdi
People Name in Country Bagdi
Population this Country 407,000
Population all Countries 407,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 8
Alternate Names Bagari; Bagaria; Bagdi Joshi; Baghri; Bagri; Begadi; Vaghri; बागदी, वगदी
People ID 18327
ROP3 Code 113874
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 15
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
339,000
Rajasthan
55,000
Haryana
6,400
Himachal Pradesh
1,600
Maharashtra
1,500
Punjab
1,100
Karnataka
700
Gujarat
600
Chhattisgarh
300
Delhi
200
Goa
30
Jammu and Kashmir
30
Puducherry
20
Dadra and Nagar Have
20
Kerala
20
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 15
  Madhya Pradesh 339,000
  Rajasthan 55,000
  Haryana 6,400
  Himachal Pradesh 1,600
  Maharashtra 1,500
  Punjab 1,100
  Karnataka 700
  Gujarat 600
  Chhattisgarh 300
  Delhi 200
  Goa 30
  Jammu and Kashmir 30
  Puducherry 20
  Dadra and Nagar Have 20
  Kerala 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Hindi (264,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Malvi
54,000
Marwari
14,000
Haroti: Harauti
7,400
Mewari
1,600
Punjabi, Eastern
1,500
Bagri
1,000
Bagheli
900
Bundeli
900
Dhundari
900
Nimadi
800
Haryanvi
400
Shekhawati
300
Kashmiri
200
Chhattisgarhi
100
Kangri
100
Primary Language Hindi (264,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Malvi 54,000
  Marwari 14,000
  Haroti: Harauti 7,400
  Mewari 1,600
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,500
  Bagri 1,000
  Bagheli 900
  Bundeli 900
  Dhundari 900
  Nimadi 800
  Haryanvi 400
  Shekhawati 300
  Kashmiri 200
  Chhattisgarhi 100
  Kangri 100
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
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 DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
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 Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
99.90 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.09 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Manish Bagdi Lakhera - Pexels  Creative Commons 
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


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