Badhai Konkani in India

Badhai Konkani
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Badhai Konkani
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 58,000
World Population: 58,000
Primary Language: Marathi
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - Badhai
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

Konkani normally refers to the language of Goa, but in this case, it is a subgroup of the Badhai peoples, also known as the Jangid Brahmins. They are successors of Vishwakarma, known by Hindus as the "chief architect" or as the creator of the world. In ancient times Jangid Brahmins were described as saints involved in meditation in jungles who had inner visions and performed scientific experiments for the betterment of others. Their inner visions gave them the inspiration to create various idols and images of gods and goddesses to be worshipped by Hindus. This gave them the status of divine people.

Hundreds of years ago they enjoyed the status of chief engineers / architects in Indian villages and cultures. Ancient Indian art and culture came largely from their wisdom and knowledge. They were the ones who designed and built temples, chariots and war equipment. They provided sketches or blueprints to other castes who assisted them.

Where Are they Located?

This Hindu people group lives in western India, specifically Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Large numbers of them have lost their jobs, and more and more people from other castes are now doing various technical works instead of the Badhai peoples. They no longer have nearly exclusive skills in these kinds of work, which has led to them losing some of their status. However, the Badhai people today are usually employed in the fields of engineering, education, and small-scale industrial manufacturing for large industries. Some work in carpentry, stone work or timber trade. Most will not do manual labor because of their pride and high self-esteem.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They devoutly follow the ancient ways of Hinduism. They are very much committed to the Hindu religious system since they themselves created various Hindu idols and temples.

What Are Their Needs?

The Konkani Badhai people need training in other areas so they can excel economically.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Konkani Badhai people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Konkani Badhai families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Konkani Badhai families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Konkani Badhai family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

Text Source:   Keith Carey