Telugu-speaking South Asians in Mauritius


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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. Telugu refers to a Dravidian (southern Indian) language spoken mainly in India's states of Andhra Pradesh and Telegana, where it is the official language. Early inscriptions in Telugu date back to 575AD, and literary works started in the 11th century. From the mid 1700s until India became a sovereign nation in 1948, this part of India was ruled in part by monarchs, but ultimately controlled by the British Raj. Hyderabad, as the princely state was then called, was among the most prosperous princely states of India.


Where Are they Located?

Most Telugu speakers live in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh, but there is a diaspora in diverse countries including the US, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Mauritius.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Telugu speakers in Mauritius are one of the smaller people groups from India. Their language, Telugu, is spoken at home, but they must learn other languages to communicate with others.

Like other South Asians in Mauritius, Telugu speakers are fairly prosperous. Though their ancestors may have come to Mauritius as common laborers, many of them are now businessmen.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Telugu are mainly followers of Hinduism. For the Hindu majority, their "Hinduism" is as much a lifestyle as it is a religion. Telugu are mainly Vaishnavites (followers of the deity Vishna). Telugu participate in festivals celebrated by most Indian Hindus in Mauritius such as Thaipusam (a ritual of human endurance, self-sacrifice, and the power of mind over matter) and Deepavali (known as the Festival of Lights). There are festivals distinct to Telugu such as Ugadhi (beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit) celebrated during the month of March or April with Ugadhi patchadi (special vegetarian meals) and Cherathalu (a joyful folk dance).


What Are Their Needs?

There may be a few Christ followers among the predominantly Hindu Telugu people in Mauritius. They need to have contact with one another. Believers need to share with these Hindus how they can enjoy life to the full.
Their most critical need is to understand the truth of the loving God who has made provision for them to be His children and has paid the full payment of the penalty of their sins. Who will pay the price to tell them?


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, Telugu-speaking in Mauritius.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Telegu people in Mauritius for Jesus and that in God’s sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Telegu families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Telegu people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Telegu people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15324/NZ
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15324/MY
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telugu_diaspora
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telugu_people
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritians_of_Indian_origin


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General South Asian, Telugu-speaking
People Name in Country South Asian, Telugu-speaking
Pronunciation TEH-leh-goo
Natural Name Telugu-speaking South Asians
World Population 918,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Andhra; Telegu; Tolangan
People ID 15324
ROP3 Code 109930
Country Mauritius
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Mauritius
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.



Primary Language Telugu (19,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Telugu (19,000 speakers)
Language Code tel   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Telugu

Primary Language:  Telugu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1812-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1854-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Telugu
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Telugu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Pearl of Great Price
Film / Video The Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2020  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Avatar

Welcome. I’m a virtual assistant and will try to answer questions about Joshua Project, unreached people groups, the Great Commission and more. How can I help you?

For further help try our FAQ, Definitions or Contact Us pages.