Hakki Pikki in India

Hakki Pikki
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People Name: Hakki Pikki
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 30,000
World Population: 31,300
Primary Language: Vaagri Booli
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.81 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Their name means, "bird catcher," because they are known for their ability to catch birds. The Hakki Pikki believe their original ancestor was the legendary Ranapratap Singh and that they are from a Kshatriya or warrior background. They believe their ancestors migrated to southern India after being defeated by the Moghuls. They are a scheduled tribe which means they have low status. They have four clans.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Hakki Pikki are semi nomadic. These hunters make these slings, as they are also expert to catch birds and animals. They are non-vegetarians and they mostly catch their prey themselves. Their children do not get enough education to compete in India's modernizing economy. However, the Hakki Pikki are known to learn a number of languages which helps them barter at a local level.

The Hakki Pikki depend on selling their crafts and low-cost wares. During the Covid 19 crisis, they faced major difficulties because of the lockdown.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they are official Hindu, that label is a catch all for the various indigenous religions of South Asia. The Hakki Pikki have their own deities.

What Are Their Needs?

The Hakki Pikki need the Holy Spirit to empower them to open their eyes and see Jesus.

Prayer Points

Pray for loving workers to go to the Hakki Pikki people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.

Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.

Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that result in thousands of new disciples who share their faith with others.

Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.

Text Source:   Joshua Project