Telugu-speaking South Asian in Myanmar (Burma)


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Introduction / History

The peoples of India have managed to go to other parts of the world to make their mark, and Telugu speakers are no exception. In fact, they are the second largest language group that goes to other countries to earn a living. Many of India's states are named after a particular Indian language. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are home to most of India's Telugu speakers. Broadly speaking Indian languages are divided into the northern Aryan and the southern Dravidian branches. Telugu is a Dravidian language.

A complete Bible and many other Christian resources are available in Telugu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Parents want their children to learn to speak Telugu and to continue to honor south Indian customs and culture.

Those who follow Christ in India tend to be from "backward" (lower, less powerful) caste backgrounds. In general, forward (higher, more powerful) caste members are the ones who have the opportunity to move to other countries.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Telugu speaking Hindu parents want their children and grandchildren to attend Hindu temples and to celebrate Hindu holidays. Young people are already losing much of their cultural uniqueness by speaking other languages.

The majority of the Telugu speaking people in Myanmar claim to be Hindus. Hinduism is 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 as Christians do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring. Diwali is the festival of lights. Navratri the celebrates autumn and the harvest. Rama Navami remembers Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Some Christians will have to find ways for Telugu speakers to follow Jesus without feeling like they are abandoning their traditional culture. Christians can help newly arrived South Indians in adjusting to the new location.


Prayer Points

Pray for the kingdom of God to penetrate hearts of Telugu speakers in Myanmar.

Pray that churches reach out and share the good news with Telugu speakers.

Pray that the Telugu believers in India would grow strong in the faith and take the initiative to get the gospel to their family and friends in other countries.

Pray for a breakthrough among forward caste Telugu speaking Hindus both in Singapore and in Myanmar.


Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, Telugu-speaking in Myanmar (Burma).


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telugu_diaspora

https://dbpedia.org/page/Telugu_diaspora

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/telugu-diaspora-making-indians-proud/articleshow/92640263.cms

https://brill.com/view/journals/bdia/10/1/article-p97_6.xml


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General South Asian, Telugu-speaking
People Name in Country South Asian, Telugu-speaking
Natural Name Telugu-speaking South Asian
Pronunciation TEL-uh-goo
Alternate Names Andhra; Telegu; Tolangan
Population this Country 139,000
Population all Countries 1,184,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15324
ROP3 Code 109930
ROP25 Code 308052
ROP25 Name Telugu
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.20 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
88.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
4.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Telugu (139,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (139,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2022)
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