Segidi in India

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Segidi
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 114,000
World Population: 114,000
Primary Language: Telugu
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Segidi live in the state of Andhra Pradesh. They speak, read and write in Telugu, the language of Andhra Pradesh. Some live in Odisha.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Segidi work in agriculture. Some of them own shops. There is a traditional caste council that looks after them and judges their disagreements. Boys are educated more than girls. The Segidi have cross-cousin and uncle/niece marriages. There are marriage rituals. The bereaved and divorced can marry again. On the death of the father, the property goes to the sons.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Segidi 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.

What Are Their Needs?

The Segidi people need to allow God the Father to guide them into the abundant life offered by Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray that Indian believers will regularly intercede for the Segidi and take the blessings of Christ to their communities. Pray that the Segidi council leaders will begin a movement to Christ in their villages. Pray for spiritual hunger among the Segidi people. Pray for a disciple making movement among the Segidi people.

Text Source:   Keith Carey